VanDerveer among four finalists for national coach of the year


Stanford women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer was named one of four finalists for the Naismith Women's College Coach of the Year award, the Atlanta Tipoff Club's National Voting Academy announced Thursday.

Along with VanDerveer, Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt and Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey make up the rest of the finalists.

VanDerveer, in her 25th season at the Stanford helm, has guided the Cardinal to a 29-2 overall record, the program's 20th Pac-10 regular season title (and 11th consecutive), eighth Pac-10 Tournament crown and a No. 1 seed in the Spokane Region of the NCAA Tournament so far in 2010-11.

Those achievements earned VanDerveer the John R. Wooden Pac-10 Coach of the Year award, the 11th time she has been honored with the conference's top coaching award.

Earlier this season, VanDerveer became the fifth Division I women's basketball coach to reach the 800-win mark when Stanford defeated San Francisco, 100-45, on Dec. 22.


In honor of Tara VanDerveer's 25 years of coaching the Stanford women's basketball team, here are 25 of the top moments, although in no particular order of importance:

-- Recruiting future Naismith Award winner Jennifer Azzi for the 1987 season

-- Winning her first NCAA title in 1990

-- Winning her second NCAA title in 1992

-- Azzi being her first player to win the Honda Award, Wade Trophy and James Naismith Player of the Year in 1989-90

-- Candice Wiggins winning the Wade Trophy in 2007-08

-- Ending Connecticut's NCAA record-breaking wins streak of 90 games in 2011

-- First Stanford victory on Nov. 22, 1985 (68-65 over Hawaii)

-- First home win at Stanford on Dec. 10, 1985 (110-57 over SF State)

-- First NCAA victory, 74-72 in overtime over Montana in 1988

-- First Pac-10 title (18-0) in 1989

-- Coaching the 1996 USA Olympic women's basketball team to a gold medal

-- Visiting the White House and meeting the President after winning 1990 NCAA title

-- Wiggins becomes the first player in Pac-10 history to be named Player of the Year for a third time

-- Wiggins becomes Stanford's first four-time first-team State Farm/Kodak All-American

-- Assistants Amy Tucker and Marianne Stanley take over head coaching job in 1996 and go 29-3 (18-0 in the Pac-10) while getting team to the NCAA Final Four

-- Winning 500th game at Stanford, 55-46 over Cal on Feb. 11, 2006

-- Winning her 800th career game in December of 2010

-- Named a finalist for the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2011

-- Inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002

-- Kate Starbird becomes second Stanford player to be named the James Naismith National Player of the Year in 1997

-- Tara is named Naismith Coach of the Year for the first time in 1990

-- Stanford plays before 23,291 spectators in 1996 NCAA tournament, its largest crowd ever

-- Longest tenured and winningest coach in Stanford basketball history (men or women)

-- Achieving most victories (36) in school history in 2010

-- Having endowed scholarships for her players

-- Keith Peters

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Posted by Quite a resume!!
a resident of another community
on Mar 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Congratulations, Tara!! But won't it be sweet to add the 26th highlight - raising the National Championship trophy after the next 6 wins!!

Best of luck!

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 18, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Always the same coaches. What about someone who has taken a program and made it a national factor instead of always going with the coaches that already "have it made"?

For example, look at what Nikki Caldwell has done at UCLA. Before she arrived, they were a non-factor nationally, let alone within the conference. Or how about the Notre Dame coach?

Just saying....

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Posted by John
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 18, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Dad, this story is "about someone who has taken a program and made it a national factor."

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm

You're missing my point. Those 4 coaches have great programs; very successful. But in WBB, they are always the top 4 programs - they reload. There are some other programs that are now beginning broaden the landscape of WBB and those coaches should at least receive some recognition.

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