Stanford Women’s basketball Head Coach Tara VanDerveer became just the second NCAA Women’s coach to reach 1,000 career victories Friday night, when No. 8 Cardinals beat USC 58-42 to give the Hall of Famer a major milestone to share with the home crowd at Maples Pavilion.
VanDerveer joins the late Pat Summit as the only other women’s coach in the elite club. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski is the only Division I men’s coach with 1,000.
Coach VanDerveer’s accolades are many, Olympic Gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games, selected to the Hall of Fame class of 2011, NCAA titles in 1990 and ’92, 11 Final Four berths — including five straight from 2008-2012 — and now the very elite 1,000 win club. VanDerveer has meant so much to the sport of women’s basketball as evidenced by her successes and the success of her former players.
Her stops along the way to 1,000 career wins…Idaho (1979-80), Ohio State (1981-85), Stanford (1986-present).
Her storied career at Stanford began in 1985 when athletic director Andy Geiger found the perfect answer to his struggling Cardinal women’s basketball program that had gone 14-42 in the previous two seasons. Her name was Tara VanDerveer, and she had been able to jolt a lackluster Ohio State program into an NCAA Elite Eight contender that brought not only on-court success but also unheard-of crowds of thousands to see her women play.
(watch video tribute by former players, colleagues and friends below)
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