Stanford's Tara VanDerveer gets multiyear contract

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 17, 2013 at 6:52 pm •  Published: July 17, 2013
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STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Hall of Fame Stanford women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer has received a new long-term contract.

The coach said Wednesday she signed a new deal without offering specifics, and the school is not announcing the number of additional years on the contract — only saying it is a multi-year pact. VanDerveer had two years remaining on her previous contract, through the 2014-15 season. The Cardinal missed reaching a sixth straight Final Four in VanDerveer's 27th season at Stanford and 34th overall as a Division I head coach. They lost in the NCAA tournament's Spokane Regional semifinals, 61-59 to Georgia, to finish the season 33-3.

VanDerveer, who turned 60 last month, is 742-152 at Stanford and 894-203 overall.

Athletic director Bernard Muir indicated after the season that he looked forward to the program continuing to perform at such a high level with VanDerveer leading the way.

Stanford's team leaves in late August for a tour of Italy.

"We are so much improved, I am excited!" VanDerveer wrote in a message. "All good on The Farm!"

VanDerveer remained positive as her inexperienced team struggled early last season after losing WNBA No. 1 overall draft pick Nnemkadi Ogwumike following a fifth straight Final Four trip. Stanford stunned then-No. 1 Baylor and Brittney Griner on Nov. 16 in Honolulu.

The Cardinal had their nation-best 82-game winning streak at home snapped in a lopsided 61-35 rout by Connecticut on Dec. 29, then they lost another in front of the spirited Maples Pavilion crowd to rival California to end an 81-game unbeaten run against conference opponents. Cal went on to earn the program's first Final Four berth.

VanDerveer is always eager to see the West Coast shine on the national stage, and will look for big things from Chiney Ogwumike in her upcoming senior season.


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