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In a storied career, Tara VanDerveer has established herself as one of the top coaches in the history of collegiate and international women’s basketball, and been inducted into both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2011) and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (2002).
An ambassador for both Stanford University and the sport of college basketball, VanDerveer has enjoyed an unprecedented level of success through an energetic and positive approach to the game. A four-time national coach of the year and 14-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year, VanDerveer has accumulated an impressive 1,012-231 record in her 38 years as a collegiate head coach and an 860-180 record over 31 seasons at Stanford.
On Feb. 3, 2017, she joined Tennessee’s Pat Summitt and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski as the only Division I coaches with 1,000 career wins when Stanford beat USC in Maples Pavilion, 58-42. Her teams have won 20 or more games 32 times, including each of the last 16 seasons, and collected at least 30 victories 14 times. VanDerveer has more career wins to her name than 341 of the country’s 349 Division I programs.
VanDerveer has led her Stanford teams to two NCAA Championships (1990, 1992), 12 NCAA Final Four appearances, 22 Pac-12 regular-season titles, 12 Pac-12 Tournament crowns and 29 trips to the NCAA Tournament. Before arriving on The Farm, she also guided Idaho to one AIAW Tournament appearance and Ohio State to a pair of NCAA Tournaments while twice being named Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Overall, she has coached her players to two Wade Trophy Player of the Year honors, two Naismith Player of the Year honors, 30 first-team All-America honors, 18 Pac-12 Player of the Year awards, 70 first team All-Pac-12 selections and nearly 40 appointments to USA Basketball teams.
In 1995-96 she served as head coach of the USA Basketball National Team, leading the team to a 52-0 exhibition record and then to the Olympic gold medal with a perfect 8-0 run at the 1996 Atlanta Games.