Tara VanDerveer becomes NCAA Winningest Basketball Coach

Tara VanDerVeer

With the Stanford Cardinal women’s basketball team beating the Oregon State Beavers 65-56, Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer is now the all-time winningest coach in D1 college basketball with 1,203 wins.

“It means I’ve coached a lot of great players, have a great staff, worked at great universities,” VanDerveer said on the broadcast. “I’m just so blessed and so thankful.

VanDerveer already held the NCAA Division 1 women’s basketball wins record when she passed the late great Patt Sumiutt in 2020. Summit won 1,098 games at Tennessee, which stood as the all-time mark until Krzyzewski passed it in March 2018. He retired four years later.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for Tara VanDerveer, who is already one of the most accomplished coaches in the history of basketball. This is yet another milestone to add to an amazing legacy,” Krzyzewski said. “More important than all the astounding numbers and career accomplishments, she’s positively impacted countless lives as a coach and a mentor. Tara remains a true guardian of our sport.”

The Cardinal improved to 17-2 overall and 6-1 in the Pac-12. Junior Kiki Iraifen led the Cardinals with 36 points and 12 rebounds. Standford was without star player Cameron Brink.

“I told our team, I said, ‘This is what feels like winning a national championship,'” VanDerveer said. “You’re just so excited and you’re so happy. I would like to build on this and get better.”

There were about 30 players on hand to watch VanDerveer become the winningest coach, and 7,0922 fans attended the game.

Before coming to Stanford, VanDerveer was head at Idaho and Ohio State. VanDerveer won three national championships in 1990, 1992, and 2021. She has coached in 13 Final Fours, 25 Pac-12 regular season titles, and 34 NCAA Tournament appearances.

VanDerveer has had a fantastic career and is still going strong. Stanford is always solid every year.

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