VanDerveer Named Coach of the Year Finalist

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer was named a finalist for the 2012 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA Division I National Coach of the Year Award, the WBCA announced Thursday.

VanDerveer is one of eight finalists along with Tom Collen (Arkansas), Brenda Frese (Maryland), Muffet McGraw (Notre Dame), Curt Miller (Bowling Green), Kim Mulkey (Baylor), Reagan Pebley (Utah State) and Coquese Washington (Penn State).

VanDerveer has won the award twice, first in 1989 and most recently in 2011.

Also a finalist for the 2012 Naismith Women's College Coach of the Year Award, VanDerveer has led the Cardinal to a 33-1 record and No. 2 national ranking. Earlier this month, VanDerveer was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year after guiding Stanford to its 12th straight conference regular season title. Stanford is making its 25th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and 26th overall. The top-seeded Cardinal will face South Carolina in the Fresno Regional Semifinal on Saturday, March 24, at 8:30 p.m. PT.

RUSSELL ATHLETIC and the WBCA present the national coach of the year award annually in each of the five WBCA membership divisions (NCAA Divisions I, II and III; NAIA; junior/community college and high school). This is the 30th year of this honor, which has been selected by the WBCA since 1983.

In addition, three Pac-12 players were named to the WBCA All-Region 8 Team, announced last week by the organization. CALIFORNIA junior guard Layshia Clarendon earned All-Region honors along with Stanford senior forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike and sophomore forward Chiney Ogwumike. Clarendon led the Golden Bears in scoring with 12.8 points per game as the team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Nnemkadi Ogwumike, the Pac-12 Player of the Year, ranks 10th nationally with 21.8 points per game and 17th with 10.3 rebounds per game. Chiney Ogwumike is averaging 15.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per game while boasting the nation's fourth-best field goal percentage (58.7).

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