Stanford’s Setsuko Ishiyama Director of Women’s Basketball Tara VanDerveer will receive the John R. Wooden Award’s “Legends of Coaching” honor in 2014. The announcement was made Tuesday by Christy Impelman, granddaughter of John Wooden, at the Los Angeles Athletic Club Wooden Award Tipoff Luncheon.
Established in 1999, the award honors those selected based on character, success on the court, graduation rates of student-athletes in their program, coaching philosophy and identification with the goals of the John R. Wooden Award. VanDerveer will be formally recognized at the Los Angeles Athletic Club during the organization’s end-of-season awards gala the weekend of April 11-13, 2014.
VanDerveer will be just the second woman to earn the award since 1999, joining former Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt (2008), and is the third women’s basketball coach honored as Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma took home the honor in 2012.
Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002, VanDerveer enters her 35th season as a head coach in 2013-14 with a career record of 894-203 (.815). She is just six wins shy of becoming just the fifth women’s basketball head coach to reach the 900-win mark.
Over her distinguished career which has featured stops at Idaho (1978-80) and Ohio State (1980-85) before arriving at Stanford in 1985 VanDerveer has led her teams to 24 conference titles (21 Pac-12/Pac-10, three Big Ten) and been named conference coach of the year 15 times (13 Pac-12/Pac-10, two Big Ten).
At Stanford she has accumulated a record of 742-152 record and guided the Cardinal to 10 Final Fours (1990-92, 1995, 1997, 2008-12) and NCAA titles in 1990 and 1992. The Cardinal enters the 2013-14 season as 13-time defending Pac-12 champion and has captured the conference double (winning the regular season and tournament titles) in each of the past seven seasons.
During her Stanford tenure her players have earned a total of 46 All-America selections from the WBCA and the Associated Press, 17 Pac-12/Pac-10 Player of the Year awards, eight Freshman of the Year awards, three Defensive Player of the Year awards and 61 nods to the All-Pac-12 First Team.VanDerveer took a sabbatical from Stanford during the 1995-96 season to take the reins of the U.S. Olympic Team, which she led to a 52-0 pre-Olympic record then to the Olympic Gold Medal with an 8-0 mark at the 1996 Atlanta Games.