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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.


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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