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VanDerveer is named to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame


Stanford women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer, architect of one the nation's elite women's basketball programs over the past 25 years, is one of 10 individuals who have been named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2011, which was announced on Monday in Houston, Texas.

Joining VanDerveer in this year's hall of fame class are former NBA star and 1992 Dream Team member Chris Mullin; five-time NBA champion Dennis Rodman; ABA/NBA legend Artis Gilmore; four-time Olympic gold medalist Teresa Edwards; European star Arvydas Sabonis; all-time NCAA wins leader Herb Magee; eight-time NBA champion Tom "Satch" Sanders; coaching legend Tex Winter; and former Harlem Globetrotter Reece "Goose" Tatum, who will be honored posthumously.

The Class of 2011 will be honored at the enshrinement ceremonies, scheduled for August 11-13 in Springfield, Mass.

"This opportunity to be enshrined in the Naismith Hall Of Fame is an incredible honor and I'm overwhelmed by it," VanDerveer said in a teleconference Monday. "I appreciate it and look forward to being enshrined in August."

In her 32 years as a head coach, VanDerveer has accumulated a career record of 826-198 (.807), making her one of just five Division I head coaches to reach the 800-win mark. She joined the 800-win club following a 100-45 victory at San Francisco on Dec. 22, 2010.

Over 25 seasons at the Stanford helm, VanDerveer's teams have posted a 674-147 (.821) record, won a pair of national championships (1990 and '92), made nine Final Four appearances, 19 Pac-10 regular season titles, eight Pac-10 Tournament titles and 23 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. She was named national coach of the year by the WBCA and Associated Press in 2011, the fourth and fifth such honors of her career, and is an 11-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

In 2010-11, VanDerveer led Stanford to the program's 20th Pac-10 regular season title (and 11th in a row), eighth Pac-10 Tournament title, and 10th Final Four appearance (fourth consecutive) as the team finished the season with a record of 33-3 overall and 18-0 in Pac-10 play.

VanDerveer has also made her mark on the international stage, highlighted by guiding the USA Basketball Women's Olympic Team to an 8-0 record and the Olympic Gold Medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games. While taking a sabbatical from Stanford that season (1995-96), VanDerveer led the Olympic squad on a world tour prior to the Games in which the U.S. went 52-0. Combined with its perfect run in Atlanta, VanDerveer guided the U.S. team to an unblemished 60-0 record in her one-year tenure as head coach.

She also led U.S. teams to gold medals at the 1991 World University Games, 1993 FIBA World Championship Qualifying Tournament and 1994 Goodwill Games, while guiding the U.S. to the bronze medal at the 1994 FIBA World Championships.

Overall, VanDerveer owns an 88-8 record over eight USA Basketball head-coaching assignments.

On the collegiate level, VanDerveer began her head coaching career in 1978 at the University of Idaho. In two years in Moscow, she went 42-14 and led the Vandals to the 1980 AIAW Tournament before taking the head job at Ohio State.

In Columbus, VanDerveer went 110-37 over five years, which included four 20-win seasons and multiple appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

Following the 1984-85 campaign, in which she led the Buckeyes to a 28-3 record and the Elite Eight, VanDerveer came to Stanford, where she turned around the Cardinal program. The Cardinal won 27 games and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in just her third year (1987-88).

In her fifth year at the Cardinal helm, VanDerveer led the Cardinal to its first-ever women's basketball NCAA title, as the team went 32-1 and finished the season with an 88-81 victory over Auburn in the national title game in Knoxville, Tenn.

-- Aaron Juarez/Stanford Sports Information

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Posted by Sport Fan
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on Apr 5, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Bravo! She (Vanderveer) certainly is remarkably talented and seemed a positive, hardworking sport specialist for sure.

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