Tara VanDerveer Named Naismith National Coach Of The Year Finalist

Feb. 26, 2003

ATLANTA, Ga. - The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today that Stanford University head coach Tara VanDerveer has been named as one of 25 finalists for the Naismith Women's College Basketball Coach of the Year Award. VanDerveer has guided the Cardinal to a 22-3 record and Pac-10 Championship thus far this season.

VanDerveer, who also a Naismith Coach of the Year Finalist last season, is a three-time National Coach of the Year (1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90). The 2002 inductee into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame has a career record of 570-159, including a 418-108 record during her 17-year tenure at Stanford.

The Naismith Award Program, now in its 35th year, honors the outstanding college basketball coaches in the United States. The awards program was founded by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, an organization dedicated to recognizing the achievement of excellence in basketball. The Naismith National Coach of the Year Awards for men and women will be presented on April 11 in Atlanta.

Earlier this week, Stanford All-American forward Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ) was named as one of 20 finalists for the Naismith Female Collegiate Player of the Year Award.

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