(CTN News) – During Stanford’s 65-56 victory over Oregon State on Sunday, Tara VanDerveer became the most winning college basketball coach in history. Her career mark at Stanford is 1,203-267, in her 38th season.
After leading the Cardinal to an 88-63 victory over the University of Oregon, she tied Duke University’s Mike Krzyzewski for the record. A postgame broadcast was held following Sunday’s victory to congratulate Krzyzewski.
In the moments following her victory, Tara VanDerveer hugged her teammates and fellow coaches and waved to the cheering fans. She spoke with the media after the victory when players threw confetti and chanted “Tara! Tara!”
In an interview with Ashley Adamson of the Pac-12 Network following the game, VanDerveer praised Kiki Iriafen, who scored 36 points against the Wolfpack. Among the game’s stars, Cameron Brink, was not present.
Having battled well, Tara VanDerveer asked, “Would Kiki be a good choice?”?
Afterward, all the players congratulated her, a reflection of Coach Rueck’s program, which she described as “so exciting.”
I am so happy to have won and to have all of you here,” Tara VanDerveer said.
The support of so many former players, including Jayne Appel, Chiney Ogwumike, and Lindy LaRocque, was “surreal”.
During her speech, Iriafen expressed her pride in being here and her joy at winning.
A Stanford record of 1,051-216 wins is held by VanDerveer. After spending five seasons at Ohio State, she went 42-14 at Idaho in two years before moving to Northern California.
In addition to Candice Wiggins, Nicole Powell, Jennifer Azzi and Appel, VanDerveer’s coaching also benefited Chiney Ogwumike and Nneka Ogwumike, both of whom are WNBA first-round picks.
Coached the 1996 Olympic gold medal-winning U.S. women’s team for a year after leaving Stanford.
In the early days of the WNBA, players like Lisa Leslie and Sheryl Swoopes were considered key catalysts for the growth of the sport.
Former players Leslie and Chiney Ogwumike, as well as Billie Jean King, Steve Kerr, and Krzyzewski were all present at a postgame ceremony to honor Tara VanDerveer.
Tara VanDerveer has fostered a “sisterhood” on the team during her time as head coach, according to Chiney Ogwumike. Each of us is a piece of this beautiful puzzle, she says.