LOS ANGELES (September 25, 2013) –Stanford University Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tara VanDerveer will receive the John R. Wooden Award’s “Legends of Coaching” honor in 2014, Coach Wooden’s granddaughter, Christy Impelman, announced today at the annual Los Angeles Athletic Club Wooden Award Tipoff Luncheon. The award recognizes coaches who exemplify Coach Wooden’s high standards of coaching success and personal integrity.
The “Legends of Coaching” award was adopted by the Wooden Award Committee in 1999. The honorees are selected based on character, success on the court, graduation rates of student-athletes in their basketball program, coaching philosophy, and identification with the goals of the John R. Wooden Award. The first recipient was Dean Smith of North Carolina. VanDerveer will be recognized, along with the men’s and women’s 2014 John R. Wooden Award winners and the Wooden Award All American teams, at the Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of April 11-13, 2014.
“Coach Wooden, always a fan of the women’s game, would have been honored to present this award to Coach VanDerveer,” said Nan Wooden, daughter of John Wooden. “Coach VanDerveer’s coaching record, recognition by her peers, and her athletes’ success in the classroom all speak for themselves.”
VanDerveer led her Stanford teams to five straight Final Fours from 2008-2012, and the Cardinal is the 13- time reigning Pac-12 champion (2001-13), having captured both the regular season and conference tournament titles for the last seven seasons. VanDerveer’s career record in 27 seasons at Stanford is 742-152. Under VanDerveer, Stanford has reached an incredible 25 straight NCAA tournaments, with six consecutive 30-win seasons, 2 NCAA titles (1990 and