Tara VanDerveer joins the 1,000 career-win club after victory over USC

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STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer joined Pat Summitt as the only NCAA women’s basketball coaches with 1,000 wins Friday night after her Hoopfed Poll No. 7 team defeated Southern California 58-42-at Maples Pavilion in front of excited fans that included the winning coach’s mother, former players and ex-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

“Words cannot accurately described how many lives she’s actually touched,” said USC head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke postgame about VanDerveer’s milestone. “She’s developed a culture, not just of winning but being great.”

Coaches in the Pac-12 and from around the country including VanDerveer’s sister Heidi, were effusive in their praise as well. (Click here for a slideshow of the quotes)

“I am really excited for Tara to reach this incredible milestone,” said the younger VanDerveer, the head coach of UC San Diego. “One thousand wins is a testament to her passion, work ethic, commitment to excellence, consistency, and vision. Those are the qualities she learned from our parents. I know our dad would have been really proud of her, and it is great that our mom can enjoy the celebration. Her legacy is not about the wins but the people she has touched along her journey and the class she has shown throughout her career. She has helped set the highest standard for women¹s basketball, and for me personally she has been the best role model and sister anyone could ever ask for!”

VanDerveer’s current team and former players were communicating among each other in the week’s leading up the game via a conversation on a chat thread. VanDerveer talked about her pride in having players cherish their time at Stanford and her coaching.

“Whether I coached players in the Olympics or Idaho or Ohio State, sometimes during the process of coaching, you know, it’s challenging for them. I am demanding. I don’t know any other way to be. You know, I can be very direct. But what I felt today from our team is they felt the love that I have for the game and also for them. It’s great when they see someone like Jayne [Appel-Marinelli] or Candice Wiggins, or Nneka [Ogwumike], or Chiney [Ogwumike] or Jennifer [Azzi], and all these players saying thank you to me. They know they’re part of something special.”

The postgame celebration was hosted by former Stanford player Ros Gold-Onwude who participated in the conversations and was on the call for the game as an analyst for Pac-12 Networks.
There was confetti and a standing ovation from fans as the team moved to mid-court and the crowd chanted “Tara! Tara!” The team presented VanDerveer with a framed jersey with the number 1,000 on it.

“I told our team before the game, I said, you know, I won’t lie to you, this is a special game,” said VanDerveer. “But I hope that you know the 1000th win it will happen this year, so have fun, relax and play hard, and I thought our team really did that.”

Stanford was in control wire-to-wire, led by Karlie Samuelson who finished with 21 points plus four points. Erica McCall contributed 18 points plus five rebounds. Brittany McPhee was also in double figures with 10 points plus five rebounds.

Kristen Simon led USC with 11 points and four rebounds. Minyon Moore added 10 points and four assists.

“I thought USC played very inspired,” said VanDerveer. “They came out and worked really hard. The first half we didn’t take care of the ball as well as we needed to, but I thought we did a better job in the second half. I just really wanted to try to get everybody in at the end of the game.”

When talking about the win, VanDerveer was humble and gave a lot of praise to her staff, student-athletes, fans and her family.

“You know, it is really a little surreal for me. It’s a little mind boggling. When I think back to starting out at Idaho and the times I was at Ohio State, and even beginning here at Stanford, it’s been a really, really exciting and fun journey. So many of you have been a part of this journey in some way, shape, or form. The fans coming out, the signs, the video, you know, I’m working really hard to keep it all together.”

“So some of it is what makes it hard is my mom being here,” she continued. “I’m really excited that she was here. It’s just I never started to think about winning 1,000 games. I never even thought about it ever, and then it started creeping up.”

Stanford faces UCLA on Monday. USC continues its road trip with a game at California on Monday.


On having her mom attending the game
I love my mom. We’re very close, and she came out last week to go — my mom’s in the back right there — she came out to go to a concert, and she stayed with a friend, and her friend has to leave tomorrow to go to Atlanta for a family situation. So my mom was like well, I’m going to be staying with you until you get this 1,000, so I told our team, okay, let’s get it. She’s got things to do, and I have things to do.

So I started to make light of it, not just putting a lot of pressure on our team.

So, Mom, you can go home tomorrow.

On the emotional impact
I’m not really comfortable being in the spotlight. I’m not about me. I am about our team, our coaches, our players.

What really made it, what really kind of hit me was how excited our team was. I really thought they were going to hit me with water and it was confetti. I was like please, no. I know there are some pictures coming.

But, you know, I’m so fortunate to coach at Stanford, to have the great staff that I have. If it was all about the numbers, I probably wouldn’t have coached the Olympic team because this would have happened before. For me, this is a team reward. This is something that I’m really excited to be able to share with this particular team.

You know, we have work to do, but I told our team, there will be bigger games than this this year, so let’s have fun and enjoy it.

On her best coaching moments
I think probably the best things happen in practice. I watched so much of what they’re doing. I think really in the second half we did a much better job of switching and getting on, not allowing enough penetration.

You know, we didn’t set the world on fire with our offense at the end of the game, but that’s a credit to USC and their defense and how hard they played. But my experience as a coach is preparation. My strength is trying to really get everyone to buy into this is how we’re going to play, and maybe making some halftime adjustments and saying this is what we’re doing. Trying to maximize people’s strengths and minimize their weaknesses.

VanDerveer’s Year-by-Year Record

Year School Record Conference Postseason
2015-16 Stanford 27-8 14-4/t3rd Pac-12 NCAA Elite Eight
2014-15 Stanford 26-10 13-5/t3rd Pac-12 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2013-14 Stanford 33-4 17-1/1st Pac-12 NCAA Final Four
2012-13 Stanford 33-3 17-1/t1st Pac-12 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2011-12 Stanford 35-2 18-0/1st Pac-12 NCAA Final Four
2010-11 Stanford 33-3 18-0/1st Pac-10 NCAA Final Four
2009-10 Stanford 36-2 18-0/1st Pac-10 NCAA Runner-Up
2008-09 Stanford 33-5 17-1/1st Pac-10 NCAA Final Four
2007-08 Stanford 35-4 16-2/1st Pac-10 NCAA Runner-Up
2006-07 Stanford 29-5 17-1/1st Pac-10 NCAASecond Round
2005-06 Stanford 26-8 15-3/1st Pac-10 NCAA Elite Eight
2004-05 Stanford 32-3 17-1/1st Pac-10 NCAA Elite Eight
2003-04 Stanford 27-7 14-4/t1st Pac-10 NCAA Elite Eight
2002-03 Stanford 27-5 15-3/1st Pac-10 NCAA Second Round
2001-02 Stanford 32-3 18-0/1st Pac-10 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2000-01 Stanford 19-11 12-6/t1st Pac-10 NCAA Second Round
1999-00 Stanford 21-9 13-5/t2nd Pac-10 NCAA Second Round
1998-99 Stanford 18-12 14-4/3rd Pac-10 NCAA First Round
1997-98 Stanford 21-6 17-1/1st Pac-10 NCAA First Round
1996-97 Stanford 34-2 18-0/1st Pac-10 NCAA Final Four
1995-96 USA Head Coach
1994-95 Stanford 30-3 17-1/1st Pac-10 NCAA Final Four
1993-94 Stanford 25-6 15-3/2nd Pac-10 NCAA Elite Eight
1992-93 Stanford 26-6 15-3/1st Pac-10 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1991-92 Stanford 30-3 15-3/1st Pac-10 NCAA Champions
1990-91 Stanford 26-6 16-2/1st Pac-10 NCAA Final Four
1989-90 Stanford 32-1 17-1/1st Pac-10 NCAA Champions
1988-89 Stanford 28-3 18-0/1st Pac-10 NCAA Elite Eight
1987-88 Stanford 27-5 14-4/3rd Pac-10 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1986-87 Stanford 14-14 8-10/t6th Pac-10
1985-86 Stanford 13-15 1-7/5th Pac-West
1984-85 Ohio State 28-3 18-0/1st Big Ten NCAA Elite Eight
1983-84 Ohio State 22-7 17-1/1st Big Ten NCAA First Round
1982-83 Ohio State 23-5 15-3/t1st Big Ten
1981-82 Ohio State 20-7 NCAA First Round
1980-81 Ohio State 17-15
1979-80 Idaho 25-6 10-2 Northwest Empire AIAW Championships
1978-79 Idaho 17-8

Accolades and Honors

Year Honor
2014 Pac-12 Coach of the Year
2013 WBCA Region 8 Coach of the Year
Pac-12 Coach of the Year
2012 WBCA Region 8 Coach of the Year
Pac-12 Coach of the Year
2011 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Naismith Coach of the Year
WBCA Coach of the Year
Associated Press Coach of the Year (co)
WBCA Region 8 Coach of the Year
Pac-10 Coach of the Year
2010 WBCA Region 8 Coach of the Year
2009 WBCA Region 8 Coach of the Year
Pac-10 Coach of the Year
2008 Pac-10 Coach of the Year
2007 WBCA Region 8 Coach of the Year
2006 Pac-10 Coach of the Year
2005 Pac-10 Coach of the Year
2003 Pac-10 Coach of the Year
2002 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame
Pac-10 Coach of the Year
1997 Pac-10 Coach of the Year
1996 USA Basketball Coach of the Year
1995 Pac-10 Coach of the Year
1993 Northern California Women’s Intercollegiate Coach of the Year
1992 Northern California Women’s Intercollegiate Coach of the Year
1990 Naismith Coach of the Year
U.S. Basketball Writers Association Coach of the Year
WBCA Region 8 Coach of the Year
Pac-10 Coach of the Year
Northern California Women’s Intercollegiate Coach of the Year
1989 WBCA Coach of the Year
Converse Coach of the Year
WBCA Region 8 Coach of the Year
Pac-10 Coach of the Year
Northern California Women’s Intercollegiate Coach of the Year
1988 Women’s Basketball News Service Coach of the Year
WBCA Region 8 Coach of the Year
Northern California Women’s Intercollegiate Coach of the Year
1985 Big Ten Coach of the Year
1984 Big Ten Coach of the Year
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