Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer, NCAA’s all-time winningest basketball coach, retires

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Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer, the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history, announces retirement

After a legendary career that spanned over four decades, Stanford University’s Tara VanDerveer, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA women’s basketball history, has announced her retirement. VanDerveer’s impact on the game and influence on countless players and coaches cannot be overstated, as she leaves behind a legacy that will be remembered for years to come.

VanDerveer began her coaching career at the University of Idaho in 1978 before moving on to Ohio State and ultimately landing at Stanford in 1985. Over the next 35 years, she built the Cardinal into a powerhouse program, leading them to two NCAA national championships, in 1990 and 1992, and reaching the Final Four ten times. Along the way, she accumulated an astonishing 1,186 wins, the most of any coach in NCAA women’s basketball history.

Beyond the wins and championships, VanDerveer’s impact on the game extends far beyond the court. She has always been a strong advocate for gender equality in sports and has been a vocal leader in the fight for pay equity for women’s basketball players. She has mentored countless players and coaches, instilling in them not just the skills to succeed on the court, but also the values of hard work, perseverance, and teamwork that are essential for success in any field.

VanDerveer’s influence also extends to the international stage, as she has coached the U.S. women’s national basketball team to multiple gold medals in the Olympics and World Championships. Her commitment to excellence and dedication to the game have earned her the respect and admiration of players and coaches around the world.

As VanDerveer steps away from coaching, she leaves behind a program at Stanford that is among the elite in college basketball. Her successor will have big shoes to fill, but VanDerveer’s impact on the program will be felt for years to come. As she transitions into retirement, she will undoubtedly continue to be a mentor and role model for many in the basketball community.

In reflecting on her career, VanDerveer said, “I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to coach this incredible game and for the relationships I have built along the way. I am excited to see what the future holds for women’s basketball and to continue to be a part of the journey.”

Tara VanDerveer’s retirement marks the end of an era in women’s basketball, but her legacy will endure for generations to come. Her passion for the game, her dedication to her players, and her commitment to excellence have set a standard that will continue to inspire coaches and players for years to come. As the winningest coach in NCAA women’s basketball history, VanDerveer’s impact on the game cannot be overstated, and her influence will be felt for years to come.
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