Tara Vandervaire thought of her parents, her former and current players, and fellow coaching legend she had gone through.
Stanford’s No. 1 win with a score of 104-61 over Pacific on Tuesday was the No. 1099 in Vandeerer’s career, giving her the biggest wins in women’s basketball history in Division One.
She was then handed the match ball and then was given a new jacket titled “T-Dawg” by her celebrated players.
“It was just a great ride,” VanDerveer said. I really hope Pat Summit looks down and says, ‘Good job, Tara. keep going. “I loved training against Pat, and we miss her.”
VanDerveer passes late Summitt, whose legendary career in Tennessee ended prematurely in 2012 after she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s dementia. Summit, who had 1,098 career victories, died in 2016.
Vandevier, 67, started her coaching career in college in Idaho in 1978 and took up her position in 1985 at Stanford, recording 947 victories. She won two NCAA titles, advanced 11 more in Final Fours, won 23 regular season Pac-12 titles and won 13 of the 19 League Championships held.
I have trained some of the greatest players in the sport. These include Jennifer Azzi, who helped lead the Cardinal to her first NCAA title in 1990, Candice Wiggins All-America four times, Nica and Cheney Ogomik, and a team that kicked off the season with a 5-0 score that seemed to be a solid final. Four competitors.
Although Stanford was undefeated, this season he faced its challenges. Due to Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 protocol banning indoor activities including contact sports, Stanford had to move to Las Vegas to train and play two of its games so far. Sunday’s record win came against Cal at Berkeley. Tuesday’s win in Stockton, California, was without fans.
But there were congratulatory video messages to VanDerveer from famous Stanford alumni such as Condoleezza Rice and John Elway, and from one of the pioneers of female sport, tennis legend Billie Jean King.
“To take a shout out from her … I mean, I have to put pressure on myself,” Vandervaire said of King. “I am delighted to be part of the growth of women’s basketball and to support the Women’s Sports Foundation and the old fund in my name to help enhance the role of women in coaching.”
Another reason VanDerveer raised in her post-match video call was hunger. With all the good fortune in her life, she said, she is well aware that many are suffering now. She donates $ 10 for every 1099 victory to a local food bank.
Gratitude is one of the primary feelings VanDerveer felt during the period leading up to this record. I’ve heard from many colleagues and former players. Her current team is grateful to be the one who helped her reach this mark.
“The first phone call we had, I remember how nervous I was,” said Kiana Williams, Stanford University’s senior official of the recruitment process. “I was moving up and down the hallway. My dad was asking me to sit down. I’m like,” I’m talking to Tara Vanderwer. “
An East Coast native who went to college in Indiana and accustomed to witnessing Bob Knight’s practices, VanDerveer has built a Cardinal on the West Coast Crown Jewel program. It has won 81.3% of its matches, with only 253 losses. For the Pac-12, VanDerveer is 512-82 (86.2%). She would have attained this achievement earlier, except that she walked away from the 29-3 Final Four season in 1995-1996 to coach the US national team, which won the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics.
“Basketball has always been and always will be a great team sport,” Vandever said. “That might be a record with the Tara Vandeerfer name next to it, but it’s about the sports directors who hired me and gave me a chance. Awesome, awesome, great co-coaches who have worked very hard for our program. And that’s about having great players.
“I have never been the best player on a team I have ever played in. I don’t consider myself a John Wooden Jr. coach. But I am determined, I work hard, and I like this basketball game. I really like training young women and helping them improve.”
It wasn’t surprising that VanDerveer thought of her friend Summitt right after Tuesday’s match. Coaches were born just one year apart: Summit in June 1952 and Vanderver in June 1953. Summit began their coaching career at college in Tennessee in 1974, and VanDerveer started in Idaho in 1978. Their teams started the series in 1988, thanks to the fact that Azi was a native of Tennessee. Tennessee, the coaches met three times in the NCAA Championship, all of which were won by Tennessee.
VanDerveer said she improved by training against Summit.
“She helped me do that by playing against her teams,” said Vanderwer. “The thing I learned from Pat is just being passionate about the game. I’m teaching other people; I’m a copier. The importance of bouncing back, playing hard – their teams have done it. They don’t give up. The difference has been determined.”
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UConn Geno coach Auriemma is not far from VanDerveer. He got his NFL 1093 on Tuesday at Seton Hall. Auriemma captured the huskies the same year VanDerveer took command of the Cardinal.
“I’ve been here since 1985,” said Orima. “Tara is still at Stanford.” “Do you [the success] Do you have a relationship to stability, being in one place for a long time? And to be in one place for a long time? I think that has something to do with it.
Tara [has been] Its a great school, a place that really appreciates women’s athletics and women’s basketball. The test of time – in the end, this is what seals your legacy: time. These are a lot of games to train, not to mention to win. “
And those who have played VanDerveer talk about the way it affected their lives other than just on the field.
“With the issues of racial justice that were happening in the world, we were not together as one [earlier this year during the pandemic]She was calling and checking everyone out, said Williams. It’s not even about the X and O signs, you know Tara cares about you. “
VanDerveer said, “I’m kind of not saying,” I’m going to the gym and affecting someone’s life today. “I’m just trying to work really hard, and set a good example in work ethic, and respect for our student-athletes.
“I want to be someone they want to play hard for. This is my goal all the time, to be a great coach for them. This is what I work for.”
VanDerveer admits there was a moment a few years ago when I thought it was time to retire, and I just felt a little overwhelmed and exhausted. I spoke to Stanford graduate and philanthropist John Arilaga.
“He said, ‘Take summer vacation,’ so I did. ”
She spent time doing things like jet skiing, swimming, and cycling. The focus on her health, fitness, and time spent on work made her more enthusiastic about training, a mindset that has persisted into the present. She helped VanDerveer reach this milestone.
“When I’m at the gym, I feel happy,” she said. “It’s not a job job. It’s like having fun.”