Basketball coach Tara VanDerveer marks another milestone


Tara Vanderveer

TARA VANDERVEER has become the first women’s basketball coach with 500 regular-season wins in a single conference.

Vanderveer reached the milestone Friday, Jan. 10, when the Cardinal beat California 73-40 at Maples Pavillion.

About a half-dozen former Stanford players were in attendance at Maples Pavilion. The game also marked the debut matchup for first-year Cal coach former Cardinal CHARMIN SMITH facing her former coach in VanDerveer, who improved to 500-78 in regular-season conference play in the Pac 12, which was formerly the Pac-10.

(Geno Auriemma of Connecticut has his victories split between the AAC and Big East, while the late Pat Summitt of Tennessee earned 458 victories in the SEC.)

This is just the latest accolade in VanDerveer’s storied career. VanDerveer already has been inducted into both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2011) and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (2002). She is a four-time national coach of the year and 15-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year. VanDerveer has led Stanford to two NCAA Championships, 12 NCAA Final Four appearances, 22 Pac-12 regular-season titles, 13 Pac-12 Tournament crowns and 31 trips to the NCAA Tournament.

Read more about the Cal game on the Stanford Athletics website.