Top of Mind Thursday – January 25, 2024: Shattering a Record

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This week, a new record was set in NCAA Division I basketball–the most wins by a college basketball coach:

The coach that broke Duke Coach Mike Krzyzweski’s record with 1203 career wins is Tara Vanderveer, long-time coach of the Stanford Women’s Basketball team.

Over 38 years, Tara has coached the Stanford women’s team to three NCAA titles, was named national coach of the year five times and Pac-12 coach of the year 17 times, and coached the US women’s team to Olympic Gold in 1996.

Throughout her long career, Tara has inspired women athletes of all ages, advocated for equity in women’s sports, and pushed for more hiring of female coaches. Just as important, on a daily basis, she pushed her players to be role models—both on the court and off.

My daughter had the opportunity to be a ball girl for the Stanford women’s team for two years, during which she got to see the way Tara operated up close. Where egos and personalities often dominate the men’s game, Tara’s players were always the epitome of role models: showing great sportsmanship and professionalism regardless of the outcome of a game. The team always came first, regardless of the talent or aspirations of any individual player.

Over nearly half a century, Tara has taken women’s basketball to a new level. There’s a new GOAT in college basketball, and it’s fitting that Tara wears the crown.


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