SAN FRANCISCO – Tara VanDerveer has a new three-year contract extension that takes the Hall of Fame Stanford women’s basketball coach through the 2019-20 season.
She discussed her new deal — not formally announced by the school and reached in July — over lunch during Pac-12 media day Wednesday.
“I have the greatest life and I just want to keep enjoying the life I have and sharing it,” VanDerveer said. “I always meet so many great people at Stanford, whoever it is.”
In February, VanDerveer became just the third Division I coach to reach 1,000 wins, joining the late Pat Summitt as the only women’s coaches in the elite club, along with Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski.
With NCAA titles in 1990 and ’92, an Olympic gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games and 12 Final Four berths — including five straight from 2008-2012 — VanDerveer has been an influential presence in women’s basketball for decades on the court and far beyond it as a positive influence and mentor to many.
“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.”
The 64-year-old VanDerveer still loves the daily grind of coaching and the new challenges each roster and season present. Her Cardinal reached the Final Four last season and she has a 1,021-231 career record.
“That’s awesome. I love her,” Arizona coach Adia Barnes said of VanDerveer’s contract. “We all respect her so much and her voice is so strong.”