Longtime UConn assistant and former Huskies player Shea Ralph is the new women's basketball coach for the Vanderbilt Commodores, the school announced Tuesday. She replaces Stephanie White, who was fired on April 6 after going 46-83 in five seasons.

Ralph is the sixth coach in Vanderbilt women's hoops history. A native of North Carolina, Ralph spent 13 seasons as an assistant to Geno Auriemma at her alma mater, with the Huskies winning six national championships in that time.

"I have always been motivated and inspired by people who have a passionate pursuit of excellence," Ralph said in a statement. "Vanderbilt's rich, storied tradition of excellence speaks for itself, but I believe what sets us apart is the people. I am so excited to work alongside our amazing community in elevating our women's basketball program back to an elite level. Together we will invest in each other and build a greatness that transcends the game of basketball."