Tara VanDerveer becomes winningest coach in women’s college basketball history

VanDerveerCoach TARA VANDERVEER, the Setsuko Ishiyama Director of Women’s Basketball, became the winningest coach in Division I women’s college basketball history during the winter break.

VanDerveer, in her 35th season at Stanford, surpassed the late Tennessee coach Pat Summitt for the most victories with 1,099 as a result of a victory over the University of the Pacific in Stockton Dec. 15.

Although no crowd was on hand to help celebrate the milestone, VanDerveer’s players appreciated the moment by presenting her with a oversize hoodie with “T-Dawg” emblazoned on the back. A dog lover, VanDerveer told the Mercury News that senior KIANNA WILLIAMS gave her the nickname.

VanDerveer pledged to give $10 for every victory to a Bay Area food bank.

VanDerveer, who has been inducted into both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, began her college coaching career at Idaho in 1978. She took over in 1985 at Stanford and has led her Cardinal teams to two NCAA Championships (1990, 1992), 12 NCAA Final Four appearances, 22 Pac-12 regular-season titles, 13 Pac-12 Tournament crowns and 31 trips to the NCAA Tournament.

She has coached some of the greatest players in the sport, including Jennifer Azzi, Candice Wiggins and Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike.

This year, the Cardinal is ranked number one in the nation with a 8-0 record as of Jan. 2.

Learn more about VanDerveer’s accomplishments.