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Tara VanDerveer
Position: The Setsuko Ishiyama Director of Women's Basketball
Alma Mater: Indiana '75
Experience: 36 Years
Accolades and Honors
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2011)
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame (2002)
USA Basketball Coach of the Year (1996)
Naismith Coach of the Year (1990, 2011)
WBCA Coach of the Year (1989, 2011) 
Associated Press Coach of the Year (co-2011) 
U.S. Basketball Writers Association Coach of the Year (1990)
Converse Coach of the Year (1989)
Women's Basketball News Service Coach of the Year (1988) 
WBCA Region 8 Coach of the Year (1988, '89, '90, 2007, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13)
Pac-12 Coach of the Year (1989, '90, '95, '97, 2002, '03, '05, '06, '08, '09, '11, '12, '13, '14)  
Northern California Women's Intercollegiate Coach of the Year (1988, '89, '90, '92, '93)
 Big Ten Coach of the Year (1984, '85)

In a storied 37-year coaching 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 (1988, 1989, 1990, 2011) and 14-time Pac-12 Conference Coach of the Year, VanDerveer, who prior to coming to Stanford served as head coach for a combined seven seasons at Idaho (1978-80) and Ohio State (1980-85), has accumulated an impressive 953-217 (.815) record in her 36 years as a collegiate head coach and an 801-166 (.828) record over 29 seasons at Stanford.

In November 2013, VanDerveer became just the fifth college women’s basketball coach to win 900 career games. This past March she won her 800th game at Stanford, becoming the 10th college basketball coach – men’s or women’s – with that many victories at a single Division I school.

VanDerveer has led her Stanford teams to two NCAA Championships (1990, 1992), 11 NCAA Final Four appearances, 22 Pac-12 regular-season titles, 11 Pac-12 Tournament crowns and 27 trips to the NCAA Tournament. 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.

One of the greatest leaders in any sport at any level, VanDerveer enters the 2015-16 season as the third-winningest coach in NCAA women’s basketball history and is 47 victories away from joining Pat Summitt as the only coaches with 1,000 career wins.

Her teams have won 20 or more games 30 times, including each of the last 14 seasons. VanDerveer built Stanford into a national power almost immediately upon arrival and has maintained an unparalleled level of success for three decades. Over the last five years, Stanford is 160-22 (.879), fourth in the NCAA in both wins and percentage, and in 2015-16 has an opportunity to join Tennessee, Louisiana Tech and James Madison as the only institutions to win 1,000 games. The Cardinal is 977-304 (.763) since its first varsity season in 1975.

Perhaps one of VanDerveer’s most notable attributes is her ability to connect with student-athletes and adapt to the ever-changing landscape of college athletics. Considered one of the nation’s premier recruiters, VanDerveer and her staff routinely bring top classes to The Farm. The Stanford staff brought in the likes of Jennifer Azzi and Kate Starbird, both of whom won women’s basketball’s highest individual honor - the James Naismith National Player of the Year Award (Azzi 1990; Starbird 1997) - as well as Candice Wiggins, who in 2008 joined Azzi (1990) as Stanford’s second recipient of the State Farm/WBCA Wade Trophy Player of the Year Award.

First-team All-Americans that have flourished under VanDerveer’s guidance include Chiney Ogwumike (2012, 2013, 2014), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (2010, 2011, 2012), Jeanette Pohlen (2011), Jayne Appel (2009, 2010), Wiggins (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008), the program’s only four-time All-American to date,  Nicole Powell (2002, 2003, 2004), Kristin Folkl (1998), Starbird (1996, 1997), Val Whiting (1992, 1993), Sonja Henning (1991) and Azzi (1989, 1990).

Overall, VanDerveer has guided her players to two Wade Trophy Player of the Year honors, two Naismith Player of the Year honors, 30 first-team All-America honors (WBCA and Associated Press), 18 Pac-12 Player of the Year awards, 65 first team All-Pac-12 selections and nearly 40 appointments to USA Basketball teams.

Many of those players have gone on to have success at the professional level. Stanford has had 27 players play in a regular-season WNBA game since the league's inception in 1997. The program boasts 11 first-round draft picks and has had six players win a total of seven WNBA titles.

In 1995-96 VanDerveer 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.

VanDerveer is a 1975 graduate of Indiana University, where she was a dean's list scholar for three years and a sociology major. While at Indiana, VanDerveer held one of the starting guard positions for three years on the women's basketball team. For her efforts at Indiana and her accomplishments after leaving the Hoosiers, VanDerveer was inducted into the Indiana University Hall of Fame in 1995.

An avid piano player in her spare time, VanDerveer was born June 26, 1953. A Boston native who grew up in upstate New York, she is also a published author. Her book Shooting From The Outside, which chronicled her 1996 Olympic and National Team experience, was released in September 1997.

VanDerveer's Collegiate Career
Year School Record Postseason
1978-79 Idaho 17-8 --
1979-80 Idaho 25-6 AIAW Championships
1980-81 Ohio State 17-15 --
1981-82 Ohio State 20-7 NCAA First Round
1982-83 Ohio State 23-5 --
1983-84 Ohio State 22-7 NCAA First Round
1984-85 Ohio State 28-3 NCAA Elite Eight
1985-86 Stanford 13-15 --
1986-87 Stanford 14-14 --
1987-88 Stanford 27-5 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1988-89 Stanford 28-3 NCAA Elite Eight
1989-90 Stanford 32-1 NCAA Champions
1990-91 Stanford 26-6 NCAA Final Four
1991-92 Stanford 30-3 NCAA Champions
1992-93 Stanford 26-6 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1993-94 Stanford 25-6 NCAA Elite Eight
1994-95 Stanford 30-3 NCAA Final Four
1995-96 USA Head Coach -- --
1996-97 Stanford 34-2 NCAA Final Four
1997-98 Stanford 21-6 NCAA First Round
1998-99 Stanford 18-12 NCAA First Round
1999-2000 Stanford 21-9 NCAA Second Round
2000-01 Stanford 19-11 NCAA Second Round
2001-02 Stanford 32-3 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2002-03 Stanford 27-5 NCAA Second Round
2003-04 Stanford 27-7 NCAA Elite Eight
2004-05 Stanford 32-3 NCAA Elite Eight
2005-06 Stanford 26-8 NCAA Elite Eight
2006-07 Stanford 29-5 NCAA Second Round
2007-08 Stanford 35-4 NCAA Runner-up
2008-09 Stanford 33-5 NCAA Final Four
2009-10 Stanford 36-2 NCAA Runner-up
2010-11 Stanford 33-3 NCAA Final Four
2011-12 Stanford 35-2 NCAA Final Four
2012-13 Stanford 33-3 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2013-14 Stanford 33-4 NCAA Final Four
2014-15 Stanford 26-10 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
  36 seasons 953-217