Stanford University has announced they are giving women’s basketball coach Tara VanDerveer a three-year contract extension through the 2019-2020 season.
“I have the greatest life and I just want to keep enjoying the life I have and sharing it,” VanDerveer said Wednesday at Pac-12 media day. “I always meet so many great people at Stanford, whoever it is.”
The 64-year-old VanDerveer is already in the hall of fame. She won national titles in 1990 and 1992 and an Olympic gold in 1996. She’s guided Stanford to 12 Final Four appearances, including last season. This past season, she became the third D-I coach with 1,000 wins, joining the late Pat Summitt of Tennessee and Mike Krzyzewski of Duke. Her career record is 1,021-231.
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“I like being the Stanford coach,” she said. “I retired once already. When I had to leave for the Olympics, it hit me that you’re just done. But the train keeps going down the tracks. Once you get off you’re off. And I was able to get off and be able to get back on, because it was just during that one year, and I missed it during that one year.”
VanDerveer enters her 32nd season at Stanford this fall, and her 39th overall as a head coach.
“I’m really excited about our team this year. We’re really excited about the future of Stanford basketball. We have a great thing going,” VanDerveer said. “I’m very enthusiastic about our program, our team, the staff. Everything is exciting.”