What I missed in suspense, it was compensated by historical significance. Stanford’s No. 1 win with a score of 104-61 over Pacific on Tuesday was the No. 1099 career in coach Tara Vandeerwire, giving her the biggest wins in women’s basketball history in Division One.
She was handed the match ball afterwards and then was given a new jacket titled “T-Dawg” by her revelers.
VanDerveer said, “I got a lot of messages from people. It was very exciting.” “It was an amazing journey. I hope Pat Summit looks down and says, ‘Good job, Tara. keep going. “
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 over 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, Nika and Cheney Ogomik, and a team that started this year 5-0 and appears to be a strong final. Four competitors.
“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.”
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.
VanDerveer said her focus is on her players and what’s next for them, although she values the appreciation.
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 had this much earlier, except that she walked away from Stanford’s fourth season in 1995-1996 to coach the US national team, which won the 1996 Olympic Games.
Not surprisingly, VanDerveer thought of Summitt right after Tuesday’s match. Coaches were born just a year apart: Summit in June 1952 and Vanderweer in June 1953.
Summit began her coaching career in college in Tennessee in 1974, and Vandevereer began in Idaho in 1978. Their teams started the series in 1988, thanks to the fact that Azzi was a Tennessee native, and 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.”
Gino Urima from UConn is not far from VanDerveer; He got his NFL 1093 on Tuesday at Seton Hall. Auriemma acquired Huskies the same year VanDerveer took over the leadership of the Cardinal.
“I’ve been here since 1985,” said Orema. “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. “