Tara VanDerveer Shoots For Career Win No. 500 On Sunday
Nov. 25, 2000
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford University women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer can make history on Sunday as she goes for her 500th career win when the Cardinal hosts the University of the Pacific at 2:00 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.
In 21-plus seasons on collegiate sidelines, VanDerveer is 499-143 (.777) and on the brink of becoming just the 17th coach in Division I women's basketball history to record 500 career wins. The Cardinal head coach entered this season averaging 23.7 victories per season, which is higher than 13 of the 16 coaches who have already reached the 500 win plateau.
VanDerveer has built Stanford into a women's basketball powerhouse in her time on The Farm. In 14-plus seasons, she is 347-92 (.790) and has led Stanford to two NCAA Championships (1989-90 & 1991-92), five NCAA Final Four appearances and eight Pacific-10 Conference titles. The three-time National Coach of the Year has led Stanford to 11 20-win seasons in her last 12 years, include nine campaigns of 25 victories or more. She has also coached two Naismith Players of the Year (Jennifer Azzi & Kate Starbird), five Kodak All-Americans and 22 players who have participated in the USA Basketball program. Prior to coming to Stanford, VanDerveer spent two years at Idaho (1978-80, 42-14) and five seasons at Ohio State (1980-85, 110-37).
In addition to her collegiate success, VanDerveer is also one of the most accomplished coaches in international women's basketball history. VanDerveer led the United States to the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, and guided that same team to a 60-0 record during her tenure from 1995-96. In her seven international assignments, she has compiled an 88-8 (.917) record and won four gold medals and one bronze.
The 2000-01 Cardinal (2-1) won its second straight game with a 79-72 overtime home victory over St. Joseph's on Friday night. Stanford is currently ranked 18th in the nation by the Associated Press and 22nd in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.