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Pac-12 Networks announces new all-access show – 'Tara VanDerveer: Life in a Season'

Feb 26, 2014

Stanford women’s basketball coach Tara VanDerveer has put together the kind of resume that people only dream about; You know, the kind that often leads to statues being erected or buildings being named in your honor. It’s that impressive.

All she has done is win 920 games to date, third-most in NCAA women’s basketball history, lead Stanford to two national championships and 25 Conference titles, and earn a spot in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Most important is the impact she has had on so many young women who have played on her teams, leading them to many wins, while teaching life lessons along the way.

And now, during this milestone season, her 28th on the Farm, Pac-12 Networks is bringing college basketball fans behind the scenes, in the huddles and onto the bench with a 30-minute documentary entitled Tara VanDerveer: Life in a Season.

“Tara VanDerveer is a legendary coach, not only in the Pac-12, but in college basketball overall. With her tremendous dedication and love for the game, not to mention her over 900 career victories, Tara is a worthy subject for this in-depth documentary,” said Pac-12 Networks’ Senior Coordinating Producer of Original Productions Michael Tolajian. “It has been great getting to know Tara over the course of filming this season. We are thrilled to be able to share her story, and the story of Stanford Women's Basketball, with all Pac-12 fans.”

Emmy Award-winning producer Jim Jorden and his outstanding crew, who produced the docu-series The Drive earlier this year, will be responsible for this special show.

The special, which captures Stanford’s journey over the last five months, including VanDerveer’s 900th career win against Florida Gulf Coast, will debut Monday, March 17 at 8:00 p.m. PT, immediately following ‘Pac-12 Sports Report: Women’s Basketball Selection Special.

“She has been amazing for the game in terms of her accomplishments and her vision,” said Arizona State head coach Charli Turner-Thorne, who played and coached under VanDerveer at Stanford.

“900 victories - that’s something every coach dreams about,” said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck. “It says a lot about her character, says a lot about her drive and it says a lot about the atmosphere she’s created for her players, and their fans. It’s something we all aspire to achieve.”

VanDerveer has a proven philosophy and it’s simple –  ‘work.’ She has implemented that philosophy since 1978 when she became a college head basketball coach and it has translated into a .833 winning percentage at Stanford and14 consecutive Pac-12 Championships.

While 920 career wins and 25 Conference titles make it easy to quantify success, Tara VanDerveer: Life in a Season will give fans a deeper understanding of what it takes to be a champion.