Tara VanDerveer Signs Six-Year Contract Extension

Oct. 16, 2006

STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford women's basketball head coach Tara VanDerveer has signed a six-year contract extension that will keep her on The Farm through the 2011-12 campaign, as announced today byDirector of Athletics Bob Bowlsby.

'Tara VanDerveer has established herself as one of the elite coaches in women's basketball and we are extremely proud to have her lead the Stanford basketball program into the future,' said Bowlsby. 'In her 20 years at Stanford, Tara's teams have continually represented excellence both on and off the court and her record of success speaks for itself. She is recognized on a national and international level as one of the sport's premier coaches and we are fortunate to have a coach of Tara's caliber lead our women's basketball program.'

Regarded in the profession as one of the most well-respected and dynamic coaches in the country, VanDerveer has notched an impressive 660-179 (.787) overall record in her 27 years of collegiate coaching. Currently in her 21st year at the helm of the Cardinal, she owns a sparkling 508-128 (.799) record. During her tenure on The Farm, she has led the Cardinal to two NCAA Championships, five NCAA Final Four appearances, 14 Pac-10 titles and 18 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament.

'I am excited to extend my affiliation with Stanford University,' VanDerveer said. 'We have a great team and a great future. I am thrilled to be part of a world-renowned university and athletic department, and look forward to working with Bob Bowlsby.'

VanDerveer enters the 2006-07 campaign with the fourth-highest career winning percentage among active Division I women's basketball coaches and has won two NCAA Championships and 18 conference titles. Last year, the Cardinal finished 26-8 overall and reached the Elite Eight for the 10th time under VanDeveer's direction.

VanDerveer's contributions to the sport of women's basketball reach far outside the collegiate world. She became internationally known in 1996 when she guided the United States Olympic Women's Basketball Team to the gold medal in Atlanta. VanDerveer led the National/Olympic team, which included Stanford products Jennifer Azzi and Katy Steding, to an incredible 60-0 record from 1995-1996. Overall, VanDerveer has compiled an 88-8 (.917) record, including four gold medals, in eight head coaching stints with USA Basketball.

Stanford teams have been dominant in both the Pac-10 and nationally, as evident by VanDerveer's numerous awards. She is a three-time National Coach of the Year (1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90) and District Coach of the Year (1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90), and has been named Pac-10 Coach of the Year eight times (1988-89, 1989-90, 1994-95, 1996-97, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2005-06). Additionally, VanDerveer earned Northern California Women's Intercollegiate Coach of the Year honors five times in a six-year span in the late 80's and early 90's. In April 2002, she was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.

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 - as well as First-Team Kodak All-Americans Candice Wiggins, Nicole Powell, Kristin Folkl, Sonja Henning and Val Whiting.

Overall, VanDerveer has guided her players to two Naismith Player of the Year honors, 13 Kodak First-Team All-America honors, 11 Pac-10 Player of the Year awards, 40 First-Team All-Pac-10 selections and 32 appointments to USA Basketball teams.

VanDerveer's alumnae have also made their mark on the professional level in both the WNBA and the ABL. In 2001, Stanford had a league-high 10 players on WNBA rosters. That dominating trend stretches back to 1996, when Stanford had nine players on opening day rosters in the ABL's inaugural season, the most of any institution.

VanDerveer, who was named the third women's basketball coach in Stanford history on May 7, 1985, came to The Farm after spending two seasons as the head coach at the University of Idaho (1978-80) and five years at Ohio State (1980-85).

Stanford kicks off the 2006-07 season on Nov. 2, hosting Chico State in the first of two exhibition contests. The regular season opener is scheduled for Nov. 9, as the Cardinal host Loyola Marymount in the opening round of the Preseason WNIT.

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