Stan­ford’s VanDerveer gets 3-year con­tract ex­ten­sion

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Tara VanDerveer has a new three-year con­tract ex­ten­sion that takes the Hall of Fame Stan­ford 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 VanDerveer 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.”

VanDerveer doesn’t have the same re­cruit­ing de­mands as many of her col­leagues at pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties, al­low­ing her to wa­ter­ski, sail, en­joy her dogs, go out on her two boats and even take a bike trip through Croa­tia.

“I think I also have a dif­fer­ent sum­mer than a lot of coaches,” she said.

Let­ting her re­cruits know she will be around for the near fu­ture is im­por­tant to VanDerveer for the longterm health of Stan­ford’s sto­ried pro­gram.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited about our team this year. We’re re­ally ex­cited about the fu­ture of Stan­ford bas­ket­ball. We have a great thing go­ing,” VanDerveer said. “I’m very en­thu­si­as­tic about our pro­gram, our team, the staff. Ev­ery­thing is ex­cit­ing.”

This will be her 39th sea­son as a head coach and 32nd at Stan­ford, where ath­letic di­rec­tor Bernard Muir had al­ways said she had an “in­def­i­nite con­tract.”

“It’s al­ways good to have it in writ­ing though, right?” she said.

STAN­FORD TABBED FOR SEC­OND, CAL FIFTH >>

The Stan­ford women were picked sec­ond, and Cal fifth in the Pac-12 pre­sea­son coaches poll re­leased at the con­fer­ence’s bas­ket­ball me­dia day in San Fran­cisco.

UCLA was picked to win the league for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year while re­ceiv­ing seven first-place votes. The Car­di­nal tied up­com­ing Ore­gon for sec­ond place, fol­lowed by Ore­gon State, Cal and Ari­zona State.

Stan­ford was picked sec­ond for the third con­sec­u­tive years af­ter grad­u­at­ing three start­ing se­niors on a team that went 32-6 and reached its 13th Fi­nal Four.

The Car­di­nal opens the sea­son Nov. 10 at Ohio State be­fore fac­ing peren­nial power Con­necti­cut two days later. The school is ex­pected to be led by se­nior Brit­tany McPhee and ju­niors Alanna Smith and Marta Sniezek.

Coach Lind­say Got­tlieb starts her sixth sea­son at Cal with ju­nior stars Kris­tine Anigwe and Asha Thomas. The Golden Bears open the sea­son at home Nov. 10 against Saint Mary’s be­fore trav­el­ing to UConn on Nov. 17.

Soc­cer STAN­FORD’S SULLIVAN AMONG EIGHT NAMED TO U.S. ROS­TER >>

Stan­ford se­nior Andi Sullivan is one of eight play­ers with Bay Area con­nec­tions named to the ros­ter for the U.S. women’s soc­cer team’s games against South Korea, coach Jill Ellis an­nounced.

The Amer­i­cans face the Kore­ans Oct. 19 in New Or­leans and Oct. 22 in Cary, North Carolina.

Also on the 22-player ros­ter are Stan­ford alums Jane Camp­bell, Kelley O’Hara and Chris­tian Press, Santa Clara’s Julie Ertz and Sofia Huerta, Cal’s Alex Mor­gan and Abby Dahlkem­per of Menlo Park.

Sullivan is the only col­le­gian on the ros­ter as the mid­fielder earned her third call-up.

The Amer­i­cans will end the year on Nov. 12 at Avaya Sta­dium against ri­val Canada.

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