Aug. 10, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Ohio State and current Stanford women’s basketball coach Tara VanDerveer will be one of 10 individuals inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2011 this weekend in Springfield, Mass.
Joining VanDerveer in this year’s hall of fame class are former NBA star and 1992 Dream Team member Chris Mullin; five-time NBA champion Dennis Rodman; ABA/NBA legend Artis Gilmore; four-time Olympic gold medalist Teresa Edwards; European star Arvydas Sabonis; all-time NCAA wins leader Herb Magee; eight-time NBA champion Tom “Satch” Sanders; coaching legend Tex Winter; and former Harlem Globetrotter Reece “Goose” Tatum, who will be honored posthumously.
At Ohio State, VanDerveer went 110-37 from 1980-85, which included four 20-win seasons, three Big Ten championships and multiple appearances in the NCAA tournament. Following the 1984-85 campaign, in which she led the Buckeyes to a 28-3 record and the Elite Eight, VanDerveer arrived at Stanford, where she turned around the Cardinal program.
“We are pleased to welcome these 10 electees who will join the greatest in the game and take their rightful place in Springfield as a Hall of Famer,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “The Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2011 is a true global representation of the game of basketball,” said Jerry Colangelo, Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board. “These distinguished players and coaches have made an impact at all levels worldwide and they have motivated, taught and inspired future generations to succeed both on and off the court.”
In her 32 years as a head coach, VanDerveer has accumulated a career record of 826-198 (.807), making her one of just five Division I head coaches to reach the 800-win mark. She joined the 800-win club following a 100-45 victory at San Francisco on Dec. 22, 2010.
Over 25 seasons at the Stanford helm, VanDerveer’s teams have posted a 674-147 (.821) record, won a pair of national championships (1990 and ’92), made nine Final Four appearances, 19 Pac-10 regular season titles, eight Pac-10 Tournament titles and 23 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. She was named national coach of the year by the WBCA and Associated Press in 2011, the fourth and fifth such honors of her career, and is an 11-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
VanDerveer has also made her mark on the international stage, highlighted by guiding the USA Basketball Women’s Olympic Team to an 8-0 record and the Olympic Gold Medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games. While taking a sabbatical from Stanford that season (1995-96), VanDerveer led the Olympic squad on a world tour prior to the Games in which the U.S. went 52-0. Combined with its perfect run in Atlanta, VanDerveer guided the U.S. team to an unblemished 60-0 record in her one-year tenure as head coach.
On the collegiate level, VanDerveer began her head coaching career in 1978 at the University of Idaho. In two years in Moscow, she went 42-14 and led the Vandals to the 1980 AIAW Tournament before taking the head job at Ohio State.