ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis University head women’s basketball coach Lisa Stone has named Olivia Applewhite as an assistant coach. Applewhite recently completed her second season as the Billikens’ director of operations/video coordinator following a stint as a graduate assistant during the 2016-17 campaign.
“It is with great pleasure that I announce Olivia Applewhite as our new assistant coach,” Stone said. “Olivia served our program exceptionally well in her previous roles, displaying a work ethic, loyalty, organizational skills, trustworthiness and enthusiasm that are truly remarkable.
“Olivia will assist in all aspects of our program and will play a major role in recruiting, scouting, game and practice preparation, and post-player development,” Stone said. “She is a young, talented, up-and-coming coach who I am thrilled to have in our program. Olivia is a strong believer in our vision, and she is willing to work hard to help us realize our goal of winning Atlantic 10 Conference championships.”
“I am extremely excited to be a Billiken, and I’m grateful to Coach Stone and our administration for believing in me and giving me this opportunity,” Applewhite said. “I’m eager to start working with our players and excited about contributing to the success of our program in this new role.
“It’s been a privilege to be director of operations at SLU,” Applewhite said. “But it’s been my goal to coach at the college level, and I’m so appreciative of Coach Stone for believing in me and seeing me as a fit for this position. We have a great staff that has awesome chemistry, and I’m ready to join them on the court to work with our outstanding student-athletes.”
Applewhite played four years (2009-13) at the University of Dayton. The Flyers posted records of 97-30 overall and 46-10 in the Atlantic 10 and made four NCAA Championship appearances during her career.
Dayton captured the A-10 tournament title in Applewhite’s junior season and went 14-0 in league play in her senior year. As a senior, she served as team captain, registered career-high averages of 7.5 points and 6.4 rebounds (second on the team), and was selected A-10 Sixth Woman of the Year. Applewhite played in 121 games for Dayton, ranking 14th in program history.
Applewhite played three seasons of professional basketball overseas following her collegiate career. She led CAB Correze Basket Club (France) in scoring and rebounding in her first season before joining the Waterford Wildcats, a member of Ireland’s Premier League (top league). During her one season with Waterford, Applewhite led the country in rebounding and finished eighth in scoring. She concluded her playing career with SISU, which competes at Denmark’s highest level, and posted the league’s top scoring and rebounding averages.
Applewhite earned a master's degree in student personnel administration at SLU in 2018. She is a 2013 graduate of Dayton with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a minor in marketing.