Inspired by Stanford’s Hall of Fame coach, the Women’s Sports Foundation has created the Tara VanDerveer Fund for the Advancement of Women in Coaching.
The fund will honor her extraordinary legacy by providing fellowships for aspiring female coaches in all collegiate sports, creating opportunities for them to excel and become leaders.
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The fellowships emphasize hands-on training and mentorships with established collegiate coaches in order to strengthen professional development, provide networking guidance and identify paths to advancement.
“I’m humbled that the Women’s Sports Foundation has created this fund in my name to address this important issue,” VanDerveer said. “I’ve seen a lot of positives over my career in advancing opportunities for women in sport, but the decline in female coaches is troubling. This program is just one way we can help reverse that trend and I’m anxious to see the impact it can have on empowering tomorrow’s leaders.”
The fund will support these women by providing each VanDerveer Fellow with a stipend, mentoring, networking and professional development. Ultimately the mission of the VanDerveer Fund is to support talented aspiring coaches as they gain the experience necessary to remain in the coaching field.
The VanDerveer Fellowship program is transformative, innovative, game-changing and vitally needed. In the 1970-71 academic year, 90 percent of all head coaches for women’s college teams were women. By 2017, 45 years after the passage of Title IX, women’s share of these positions in women’s NCAA sports had dropped to 40 percent.
Colleges and universities with collegiate athletic programs may apply for the opportunity to host a fellow at their school. If awarded a grant, schools will hire the fellow through their own internal hiring process. Applications will be available in early 2019. Institutions chosen to host a fellow will be announced in May 2019. The fellowship position will run concurrent to the 2019-20 academic year.
Donors interested in contributing to the WSF’s Tara VanDerveer Fund for the Advancement of Women in Coaching can do so on the organization’s website at womenssportsfoundation.org or by contacting the group’s Senior Director of Development Camille Mantelin.
In a storied career, 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 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 15-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year, VanDerveer has accumulated an impressive 1,043-243 record in her 40 years as a collegiate head coach and an 891-192 record over 33 seasons at Stanford.
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 30 trips to the NCAA Tournament.