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Tara VanDerveer

Setsuko Ishiyama Director of Women's Basketball at Stanford University; All-Time Winningest Coach in Women's College Basketball

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The all-time winningest coach in women's college basketball, Tara VanDerveer has cemented herself as one of the top coaches in the history of the sport, both collegiately and internationally, and is a member of both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2011) and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (2002).

An ambassador for both Stanford University and the sport of college basketball, VanDerveer has enjoyed an unprecedented level of success through an energetic and positive approach to the game. A five-time national coach of the year (1988, 1989, 1990, 2011, 2021) and 16-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year, VanDerveer, who prior to coming to Stanford served as head coach for a combined seven seasons at Idaho (1978-80) and Ohio State (1980-85), has accumulated an impressive 1,125-255 (.815) record in her 42 years as a collegiate head coach and an 973-204 (.827) record over 35 seasons at Stanford.

The 2020-21 season was a momentous one for VanDerveer, as she led the Cardinal back atop the collegiate mountaintop, all while maneuvering a global pandemic, and also broke the all-time wins record in women's college basketball. On Dec, 15, 2021, she became the sport's winningest coach, breaking Tennessee's Pat Summitt's mark of 1,098. Stanford finished the year 31-2, winning both the Pac-12 regular season and tournament championships, earning the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and claimed the national championship for the first time since 1992.

The milestones have been piling up in recent years for VanDerveer, as she became the second women’s coach to reach 1,000 career wins when Stanford beat USC on Feb. 3, 2017. VanDerveer has more career wins to her name than 344 of the country’s 351 Division I programs.

VanDerveer has led her Stanford teams to three NCAA Championships (1990, 1992, 2021), one of four coaches in the history of the sport to win three titles. She's advanced the Cardinal to 13 NCAA Final Four appearances, 23 Pac-12 regular-season titles, 14 Pac-12 Tournament crowns and 32 trips to the NCAA Tournament. She also guided Idaho to one AIAW Tournament appearance and Ohio State to a pair of NCAA Tournaments while twice being named Big Ten Coach of the Year.

Her teams have won 20 or more games 36 times, including each of the last 20 seasons, and collected at least 30 victories 16 times. VanDerveer built Stanford into a national power almost immediately upon arrival and has maintained an unparalleled level of success for three and a half decades. On Feb. 26, 2016 the Cardinal won its 1,000th game in program history, becoming the seventh Division I institution to reach the milestone, and did so in fewer games than all but two other schools. VanDerveer has accounted for 973 of Stanford’s 1,149 total victories since its first varsity season in 1975 (85 percent).

Perhaps one of VanDerveer’s most notable attributes is her ability to connect with student-athletes and adapt to the ever-changing landscape of college athletics. Considered one of the nation’s premier recruiters, VanDerveer and her staff routinely bring top classes to The Farm. The Stanford staff brought in the likes of Jennifer Azzi and Kate Starbird, both of whom won women’s basketball’s highest individual honor - the James Naismith National Player of the Year Award (Azzi 1990; Starbird 1997) - as well as Candice Wiggins, who in 2008 joined Azzi (1990) as Stanford’s second recipient of the State Farm/WBCA Wade Trophy Player of the Year Award.

First-team All-Americans that have flourished under VanDerveer’s guidance include Kiana Williams (2021), Alanna Smith (2019), Chiney Ogwumike (2012, 2013, 2014), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (2010, 2011, 2012), Jeanette Pohlen (2011), Jayne Appel (2009, 2010), Wiggins (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008), the program’s only four-time All-American to date, Nicole Powell (2002, 2003, 2004), Kristin Folkl (1998), Starbird (1996, 1997), Val Whiting (1992, 1993), Sonja Henning (1991) and Azzi (1989, 1990).

Overall, VanDerveer has guided her players to two Wade Trophy Player of the Year honors, two Naismith Player of the Year honors, 32 first-team All-America honors (WBCA and Associated Press), 18 Pac-12 Player of the Year awards, 80 first team All-Pac-12 selections and nearly 40 appointments to USA Basketball teams.

Many of those players have gone on to have success at the professional level. Stanford has had 30 players play in a regular-season WNBA game since the league's inception in 1997. The program boasts 12 first-round draft picks out of its 27 all-time selections, including 2016 WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike, and has had seven players win a total of eight WNBA titles.

In 1995-96 VanDerveer served as head coach of the USA Basketball National Team, leading the team to a 52-0 exhibition record and then to the Olympic gold medal with a perfect 8-0 run at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

VanDerveer is a 1975 graduate of Indiana University, where she was a dean's list scholar for three years and a sociology major. While at Indiana, VanDerveer held one of the starting guard positions for three years on the women's basketball team. For her efforts at Indiana and her accomplishments after leaving the Hoosiers, VanDerveer was inducted into the Indiana University Hall of Fame in 1995.

An avid piano player in her spare time, VanDerveer was born June 26, 1953. A Boston native who grew up in upstate New York, she is also a published author. Her book Shooting From The Outside, which chronicled her 1996 Olympic and National Team experience, was released in September 1997.

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Tara VanDerveer Biography

The all-time winningest coach in women's college basketball, Tara VanDerveer has cemented herself as one of the top coaches in the history of the sport, both collegiately and internationally, and is a member of both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2011) and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (2002).

An ambassador for both Stanford University and the sport of college basketball, VanDerveer has enjoyed an unprecedented level of success through an energetic and positive approach to the game. A five-time national coach of the year (1988, 1989, 1990, 2011, 2021) and 16-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year, VanDerveer, who prior to coming to Stanford served as head coach for a combined seven seasons at Idaho (1978-80) and Ohio State (1980-85), has accumulated an impressive 1,125-255 (.815) record in her 42 years as a collegiate head coach and an 973-204 (.827) record over 35 seasons at Stanford.

The 2020-21 season was a momentous one for VanDerveer, as she led the Cardinal back atop the collegiate mountaintop, all while maneuvering a global pandemic, and also broke the all-time wins record in women's college basketball. On Dec, 15, 2021, she became the sport's winningest coach, breaking Tennessee's Pat Summitt's mark of 1,098. Stanford finished the year 31-2, winning both the Pac-12 regular season and tournament championships, earning the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and claimed the national championship for the first time since 1992.

The milestones have been piling up in recent years for VanDerveer, as she became the second women’s coach to reach 1,000 career wins when Stanford beat USC on Feb. 3, 2017. VanDerveer has more career wins to her name than 344 of the country’s 351 Division I programs.

VanDerveer has led her Stanford teams to three NCAA Championships (1990, 1992, 2021), one of four coaches in the history of the sport to win three titles. She's advanced the Cardinal to 13 NCAA Final Four appearances, 23 Pac-12 regular-season titles, 14 Pac-12 Tournament crowns and 32 trips to the NCAA Tournament. She also guided Idaho to one AIAW Tournament appearance and Ohio State to a pair of NCAA Tournaments while twice being named Big Ten Coach of the Year.

Her teams have won 20 or more games 36 times, including each of the last 20 seasons, and collected at least 30 victories 16 times. VanDerveer built Stanford into a national power almost immediately upon arrival and has maintained an unparalleled level of success for three and a half decades. On Feb. 26, 2016 the Cardinal won its 1,000th game in program history, becoming the seventh Division I institution to reach the milestone, and did so in fewer games than all but two other schools. VanDerveer has accounted for 973 of Stanford’s 1,149 total victories since its first varsity season in 1975 (85 percent).

Perhaps one of VanDerveer’s most notable attributes is her ability to connect with student-athletes and adapt to the ever-changing landscape of college athletics. Considered one of the nation’s premier recruiters, VanDerveer and her staff routinely bring top classes to The Farm. The Stanford staff brought in the likes of Jennifer Azzi and Kate Starbird, both of whom won women’s basketball’s highest individual honor - the James Naismith National Player of the Year Award (Azzi 1990; Starbird 1997) - as well as Candice Wiggins, who in 2008 joined Azzi (1990) as Stanford’s second recipient of the State Farm/WBCA Wade Trophy Player of the Year Award.

First-team All-Americans that have flourished under VanDerveer’s guidance include Kiana Williams (2021), Alanna Smith (2019), Chiney Ogwumike (2012, 2013, 2014), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (2010, 2011, 2012), Jeanette Pohlen (2011), Jayne Appel (2009, 2010), Wiggins (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008), the program’s only four-time All-American to date, Nicole Powell (2002, 2003, 2004), Kristin Folkl (1998), Starbird (1996, 1997), Val Whiting (1992, 1993), Sonja Henning (1991) and Azzi (1989, 1990).

Overall, VanDerveer has guided her players to two Wade Trophy Player of the Year honors, two Naismith Player of the Year honors, 32 first-team All-America honors (WBCA and Associated Press), 18 Pac-12 Player of the Year awards, 80 first team All-Pac-12 selections and nearly 40 appointments to USA Basketball teams.

Many of those players have gone on to have success at the professional level. Stanford has had 30 players play in a regular-season WNBA game since the league's inception in 1997. The program boasts 12 first-round draft picks out of its 27 all-time selections, including 2016 WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike, and has had seven players win a total of eight WNBA titles.

In 1995-96 VanDerveer served as head coach of the USA Basketball National Team, leading the team to a 52-0 exhibition record and then to the Olympic gold medal with a perfect 8-0 run at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

VanDerveer is a 1975 graduate of Indiana University, where she was a dean's list scholar for three years and a sociology major. While at Indiana, VanDerveer held one of the starting guard positions for three years on the women's basketball team. For her efforts at Indiana and her accomplishments after leaving the Hoosiers, VanDerveer was inducted into the Indiana University Hall of Fame in 1995.

An avid piano player in her spare time, VanDerveer was born June 26, 1953. A Boston native who grew up in upstate New York, she is also a published author. Her book Shooting From The Outside, which chronicled her 1996 Olympic and National Team experience, was released in September 1997.

Tara VanDerveer Videos

  • Tara VanDerveer on Being a Champion and Growing the Women's Game
    Tara VanDerveer joins This League to recap her National Championship season and speak on her early days in coaching and how to grow the women's...
  • Tara VanDerveer becomes the all-time winningest coach in CBB history
    Chiney Ogwumike shares the story of Tara VanDerveer's journey as a head coach for the Stanford women's basketball team as she becomes the all-time...

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Tara VanDerveer for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Tara VanDerveer, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Tara VanDerveer or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Tara VanDerveer?

    Booking fees for Tara VanDerveer, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Tara VanDerveer, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Tara VanDerveer?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Tara VanDerveer for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Tara VanDerveer for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Tara VanDerveer or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Tara VanDerveer or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Tara VanDerveer is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Tara VanDerveer for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Tara VanDerveer generally travels from Stanford, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are C. Vivian Stringer, Simone Biles, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Kim Mulkey and Vera Jones. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Tara VanDerveer for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Tara VanDerveer Speaker Videos

  • Tara VanDerveer on Being a Champion and Growing the Women's Game
    Tara VanDerveer joins This League to recap her National Championship season and speak on her early days in coaching and how to grow the women's game.
    Tara VanDerveer becomes the all-time winningest coach in CBB history
    Chiney Ogwumike shares the story of Tara VanDerveer's journey as a head coach for the Stanford women's basketball team as she becomes the all-time winningest coach in women's basketball history with...

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