Over the course of the weekend, Tara VanDerveer, who is the head coach of the women’s basketball team at Stanford University, became the coach with the most victories in the history of NBA basketball for both men and women.
When VanDerveer defeated Oregon State by a score of 65-56 on Sunday evening, the NCAA reported that she had achieved her 1,203rd victory throughout the course of her career that spanned several decades.
As a result of the victory, VanDerveer overtook the great Duke coach Mike Krzyzewsk, also known as “Coach K,” who had a total of 1,202 victories in his coaching career.
On Sunday, Kiki Iriafen, a forward for the Stanford Cardinal, had a career performance in which she scored 36 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. This made it feasible for VanDerveer to set a new record.
As reported by the Mercury News, Coach K issued a statement congratulating Vanderveer on her new record and expressing his happiness with her accomplishment.
Within the statement, Krzyzewski was quoted as saying, “This is a tremendous accomplishment for Tara VanDerveer, who is already one of the most accomplished coaches in the history of basketball,” as reported by The Mercury News.
“This is yet another significant achievement that will contribute to an incredible legacy. She has positively influenced the lives of innumerable individuals as a coach and a mentor, which is more important than all of the astonishing figures and career milestones she has achieved. There is no doubt that Tara is a great protector of our sport.
According to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), VanDerveer started her career as a basketball player at Albany, which is located approximately 220 kilometers (150 miles) west of Melrose, Massachusetts, where she was born and raised.
Bea Gorton, the women’s coach at Indiana, and Bobby Knight, the famed men’s coach at the school, served as the inspiration for her program. After two seasons, she transferred to Indiana to play for the women’s team coaching staff.
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“The Hoosier legend surged to an AIAW semi-final appearance in candy stripes and quickly turned her Knight-informed philosophy toward coaching,” according to the NCAA.
Before obtaining her first head coaching job in 1978 at the University of Idaho in Moscow, VanDerveer had a brief stint coaching with her sister’s high school team. She also had a stint coaching at Ohio State University.
In addition, the NCAA reports that she has been selected as the Coach of the Year five times and has made 14 appearances in the Final Four with her team.
In addition, VanDerveer was the coach of the United States national women’s basketball team, which won the gold medal at the World Championships in Atlanta in 1996 and the bronze medal at the FIBA women’s championships in Sydney in 1994.