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Legendary Stanford Women’s Basketball Coach Tara VanDerveer Announces Retirement

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Stanford Cardinal head coach Tara VanDerveer celebrates her 1203 college coaching victory becoming the winningest coach in NCAA Division 1 basketball history during a game between Oregon State University and Stanford University at Maples Pavilion on January 21, 2024 in Stanford, California. (Bob Drebin/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

Stanford women’s basketball coach, Tara VanDerveer – the winningest coach in the history of college basketball – has announced she’s retiring after 45 years leading the epic team. The news comes after a breakthrough NCAA women’s basketball season in which the women’s championship game drew a bigger television audience than the men’s title game for the first time. We’ll talk about VanDerveer’s achievements and legacy and her role in the ascension of women’s basketball.

Guests:

Michelle Smith, WNBA beat writer, The Next

Jennifer Azzi, chief business development officer, Las Vegas Aces. She was a four-year starter at Stanford from 1987-90, leading the team to its first national championship in 1990.

Charmin Smith, head coach, University of California Berkeley's women's basketball team; former player, Stanford women’s basketball team - She was a key part of the team's three NCAA Final Four Appearances and three Pac-10 Championships between 1995 to 1997. She is also a former member of the WNBA and ABL.

Val Whiting, player, Stanford women's basketball team from 1989-93 - She was part of teams that won two NCAA championships and went to the Final Four three years. She was also named Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Year two years in a row.

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