Stanford’s VanDerveer now has more wins than any women’s basketball coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Stanford Cardinal legendary women’s basketball coach Tara VanDerveer made history on Tuesday night. With her latest win, she now has more wins than any coach in the history of women’s basketball.

The Cardinal’s won 104-61 over the Pacific Tigers at the Alex Spanos Center in Stockton, California.

Stanford Cardinal women’s basketball coach Tara VanDerveer speaks with Mikaela Ruef against the Connecticut Huskies during their 2014 NCAA Women’s Final Four semifinal
Tara VanDerveer speaks with Mikaela Ruef against the Connecticut Huskies during their 2014 NCAA Women’s Final Four semifinal

She now has 1,099 career wins. VanDerveer broke the tie that she had with legendary Tennessee Volunteers women’s basketball head coach Pat Summitt for a few days.

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While VanDerveer has the lead for now, she’s not the only one, who will surpass Summitt’s record in the near future. Legendary Connecticut Huskies women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma presently has 1,095 wins with the two wins this season.

VanDerveer’s team is now 5-0 on the season with the win. The Tigers dropped their lone contest of the season.

“They really wanted to win for me,” VanDerveer said. “I felt it the whole game. I felt it on the bus ride here. My phone is blowing up. So many people have reached out to me. To connect at a time when you feel really isolated has really meant a lot to me.”

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The 67-year-old has been the Cardinal women’s basketball head coach since the 1985-86 season. The former Albany Great Dane and Indiana Hoosiers women’s basketball player has won 947 games at Stanford.

She is now 947-202 at the California-based school. She was also employed by the Idaho Vandals and Ohio State Buckeyes before heading West to Stanford.

Before arriving in California, VanDerveer went 152-51 at Idaho and Ohio State.

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