VanDerveer's milestone moments
On Wednesday, with a win over Florida Gulf Coast in Mexico, Tara VanDerveer became just the fifth Division I women's college basketball coach to win at least 900 games. Stanford's coach for the past 28 seasons, VanDerveer is a two-time NCAA champion who has guided the Cardinal to 10 Final Four appearances, 21 regular-season Pac-10 or Pac-12 titles (including 13 consecutive seasons) and 11 seasons with at least 30 victories. VanDerveer, 900-204 in 35 seasons as a head coach, joined Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt, C. Vivian Stringer and Sylvia Hatchell in the 900-win club.
Here's a look at some of the many highlights of VanDerveer's career:
Dec. 1, 1978: Just three years after graduating from Indiana University, a 25-year-old VanDerveer scored her first career coaching victory, leading Idaho over Northern Montana 70-68. She spent just two seasons in Moscow, Idaho, but went 42-14 and led the Vandals to the 1980 AIAW tournament.
Tara VanDerveer's all-time record stands at 900-204 for a 0.815 winning percentage. VanDerveer spent two seasons at Idaho (1978-80) and five at Ohio State (1980-85) before taking over at Stanford in 1985. She won NCAA titles in 1990 and 1992. (*Note: VanDerveer spent the 1995-96 season with the U.S. national and U.S. Olympic team.)
1982-83: In her third season at Ohio State, and fifth coaching season overall, VanDerveer scored win No. 100, a 74-60 victory over Michigan.
1984-85: VanDerveer and the Buckeyes fell one win short of the Final Four, finishing seventh in the final national rankings of the 1985 season. As the Buckeyes' coach from 1980-85, VanDerveer was 110-37 overall and 55-5 in the Big Ten. Ohio State won four Big Ten championships and made three NCAA tournament appearances. VanDerveer was a two-time Big Ten coach of the year (1983-84 and 1984-85).
May 7, 1985: VanDerveer was named the third women's basketball coach in Stanford history.
Feb. 12, 1988: On her way to her first winning season at Stanford, VanDerveer recorded career victory No. 200 as the Cardinal defeated Washington 70-66. Stanford went on to reach its first Sweet 16. The Cardinal have played in every NCAA tournament since.
April 1, 1990: After beating Virginia 75-66 in the national semifinals, VanDerveer's Cardinal topped Auburn 88-81 in Knoxville, Tenn., to win their first national championship. Stanford went 32-1, setting more than 100 school, Pac-10 and NCAA postseason records along the way. Guard Jennifer Azzi was named the NCAA tournament's most outstanding player, while Katy Steding made a Final Four-record six 3-pointers in the title game.
Dec. 20, 1991: VanDerveer notched win No. 300 as Stanford downed Southern Illinois 82-63.
April 5, 1992: Though the Cardinal fell short in the 1991 Final Four, VanDerveer won her second NCAA crown in three seasons as Stanford defeated Western Kentucky 78-62. The Cardinal finished the season with a 30-3 mark. Guard Molly Goodenbour earned NCAA tournament Most Outstanding Player honors after setting the record for most 3-pointers made (18).
March 16, 1995: Second-seeded Stanford opened the 1995 NCAA tournament with an 88-55 victory over UC Irvine to give VanDerveer career win No. 400. The Cardinal, 30-3 in 1994-95, reached their fourth Final Four before falling to eventual champion Connecticut in the semifinals.
April 13, 1995: VanDerveer, a veteran international coach, was named head coach of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team and 1995-96 U.S. national team coach.
Aug. 4, 1996: After racking up a 52-0 record in preparation for the Atlanta Summer Games, VanDerveer's U.S. women went a perfect 8-0 in the 1996 Olympics to win the gold medal. VanDerveer was honored as the 1996 USA Basketball coach of the year.
Nov. 26, 2000: Win No. 500 came at the expense of Pacific, 73-65.
April 27, 2002: VanDerveer helped headline a class of eight inductees into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
March 20, 2004: VanDerveer notched career victory No. 600 as Stanford beat Missouri 68-44 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Dec. 28, 2007: VanDerveer scored her 700th career victory, beating Washington State 105-47. The milestone came just days after a 73-69 overtime upset at Maples Pavilion over then-No. 1 Tennessee. Later that season, the Cardinal also knocked off No. 1 seed Maryland 98-87 in the Spokane Regional final.
Dec. 22, 2010: VanDerveer's 800th career win was a 100-45 rout of San Francisco, which was coached by former Stanford star Jennifer Azzi.
Aug. 12, 2011: In a class that included Chris Mullen and Dennis Rodman, VanDerveer was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
March 26, 2012: Stanford rode a school-record 32-game winning streak to its fifth consecutive Final Four (only three teams have made five straight appearances in the national semifinals).
April 16, 2012: Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike became the first Stanford player to be selected No. 1 overall in the WNBA draft.
Nov. 27, 2013: A day after securing win No. 899 over Purdue, VanDerveer guided the Cardinal past Florida Gulf Coast, 83-59, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to become the fifth women's coach with at least 900 victories. Only three men's coaches have reached the 900-win mark -- Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim and Bob Knight.