Women's basketball: Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer earns 1,000th career win
Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer earned her 1,000 career win on Friday night, as the Cardinal defeated USC 58-42 at Maples Pavilion.
VanDerveer is now the third coach in NCAA basketball history to reach 1,000 wins, joining the late Pat Summitt and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski. VanDerveer and Summitt are now the only Division I women's basketball coaches to reach the milestone.
VanDerveer has led the Cardinal to two NCAA championships (1990, 1992) and 11 Final Four appearances, while also helping Stanford win 22 Pac-12 regular-season titles and 11 Pac-12 tournament trophies. VanDerveer began her career at Idaho in 1978, then later coached Ohio State from 1980-85 before heading to Palo Alto. She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.
She left Stanford for a season to coach the USA national team, which won Olympic gold in the 1996 Atlanta games.
Many players under VanDerveer have gone on to play professionally, as Stanford has had 27 players play in the WNBA since the league began in 1997. Chiney Ogwumike, the Pac-12's all-time leading scorer and current forward on the Connecticut Sun, played for VanDerveer from 2010-14.
Stanford has made 28 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances under VanDerveer and had five consecutive trips to the Final Four from 2008-12.
No. 8 Stanford is 20-3 this season and 10-1 in conference play. The Cardinal next faces No. 13 UCLA on Monday.