TARA VANDERVEER, the Setsuko Ishiyama Director of Women’s Basketball, was named the 2011 Russell Athletic/WBCA NCAA Division I Head Coach of the Year, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced Monday.
That’s the same day VanDerveer’s Cardinal beat Gonzaga to enter the NCAA Final Four.
This is the first time that VanDerveer has been honored with the WBCA’s top coaching honor. In addition to earning the national award, she also has collected the WBCA Region 8 Coach of the Year award for the fourth time in the past five years.
“It is very humbling to be recognized by the WBCA and by my peers with this honor,” VanDerveer said. “I am very fortunate to get to work with such a smart, hard-working and dedicated team of coaches and players. The dedication that they bring every day both on and off the court is the reason for this program’s success.”
Read more about VanDerveer’s remarkable career at the Stanford Athletics website.