Women’s basketball head coach Tara VanDerveer will be honored in 2014 with the Legends of Coaching Award. The award is given to those coaches who identify with the goals of the John R. Wooden Award, in addition to demonstrating exemplary character, coaching philosophy, team success and student-athlete graduation rates.
This is only the second time that a female coach has won the award since its start in 1999, following Tennessee head coach Pat Summit’s reception in 2008. This honor adds to VanDerveer’s already impressive list of recognitions, including induction into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 2011, 13 Pac-12 Coach of the Year awards and the 1990 Naismith National Coach of the Year honor.
Last season the Card ended its five-year streak of appearing in the NCAA Final Four when it was knocked off by Georgia in the Sweet 16. The team will hit the hardwood for the 2013-14 season on Nov. 3.