VanDerveer named Naismith Coach of the Year
SAN FRANCISCO – STANFORD’s Tara VanDerveer has been named the 2021 Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Friday. In her 35th season on the Cardinal bench, VanDerveer has led her team to a 29-2 record and the program’s 14th Final Four.
Stanford faces South Carolina in tonight’s first national semifinal at 3 p.m. PT on ESPN followed by ARIZONA against Connecticut at 6:30 p.m. PT. The Pac-12, which leads the country with eight overall Final Four berths since 2013, has advanced two teams to the semifinals for the second time (2016).
It is the third Naismith Coach of the Year honor for the Hall of Famer. VanDerveer previously won the award in 2011, the year she was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and 1990, the year of Stanford’s first women’s basketball national championship.
VanDerveer guided the Cardinal to its 20th consecutive 20-win season this year, the third-longest active streak in the country, despite a period of 65 days when Stanford was unable to train or compete on campus due to an emergency directive issued by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.
While on the road, VanDerveer became the winningest coach in women’s college basketball history, passing Pat Summitt with win No. 1,099 at Pacific on Dec. 15, 2020. She has accumulated a 1,123-255 (.814) overall record as a collegiate head coach, owns a 971-204 (.826) mark at Stanford and has more wins to her name than 344 of the NCAA’s 351 Division I programs.
In 2021, Stanford finished with a conference-record 19 league wins, won its 24th regular-season Pac-12 title and claimed its 14th Pac-12 Tournament championship. VanDerveer was also voted the Conference’s John R. Wooden Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the 16th time.
Arizona’s Adia Barnes, who has led her alma mater to its first Final Four, was one of 10 semifinalists for the award.