VanDerveer named WBCA Head Coach of the Year

VanDerveer named WBCA Head Coach of the Year

March 28, 2011


STANFORD -- Tara VanDerveer was named the 2011 Russell AthleticWBCA NCAA Division I Head Coach of the Year, the Womens Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced Monday. This is the first time that VanDerveer has been honored with the WBCAs top coaching honor. In addition to earning the national award, she has also collected the WBCA Region 8 Coach of the Year award for the fourth time in the past five years (2007, 2009-11). It is very humbling to be recognized by the WBCA and by my peers with this honor, VanDerveer said. I am very fortunate to get to work with such a smart, hard-working and dedicated team of coaches and players. The dedication that they bring every day both on and off the court is the reason for this programs success. It also marks the fourth time in her career that VanDerveer has been named national coach of the year. She was named Womens Basketball News Service Coach of the Year in 1988, Converse Coach of the Year in 1989 and James Naismith Coach of the Year after leading the Cardinal to its first national title in 1990. NEWS: Women's college basketball headlines
She has led Stanford to a pair of national titles in her career, reaching the peak in 1990 and 1992. The first of VanDerveers many highlights this season came at San Francisco on Dec. 22, when she became just the fifth Division I head coach to win 800 games after Stanfords 100-45 victory over the Dons. Over her 32-year head coaching career, which previously included stops at Idaho and Ohio State, VanDerveer has accumulated a career record of 825-197. Currently, she also has a record of 673-146 in her 25 seasons at the Stanford helm.REWIND: VanDerveer gets win No. 800, Stanford rolls over USF
In February, she was named one of 12 finalists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The announcement of the members of the Halls Class of 2011 will be made in Houston on Monday, April 4. VanDerveer has guided Stanford to its fourth straight 30-win season in 2010-11, as the Cardinal is 32-2 heading into Monday nights Spokane Regional Final against 11th-seeded Gonzaga. The Cardinal, which earned the top seed in the Spokane Region, is gunning for its fourth straight Final Four appearance, and 10th overall, as it makes its 24th straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
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VanDerveer has managed a Cardinal squad that faced nine eventual 2011 NCAA Tournament teams during its 11-game non-conference schedule prior to the New Year. The Cardinal went 9-2 over that challenging stretch, picking up wins against such teams as Rutgers, Gonzaga and Texas. At the end of December, the Cardinal produced a pair of statement-making victories, first routing then-No. 4 Xavier, 89-52, and ending No. 1 Connecticuts NCAA-record 90-game winning streak with a 71-59 win at Maples Pavilion on Dec. 30. The ride continued into the Pac-10 slate, as VanDerveer steered her squad towards the programs sixth perfect conference season. The Cardinals 18-0 record against its conference foes clinched the programs 20th Pac-10 regular season title, and 11th in a row, and two more wins in the conference tournament captured Stanfords eighth Pac-10 Tournament crown.For her accomplishments, VanDerveer captured the John R. Wooden Pac-10 Coach of the Year award, the 11th time that she has earned the conferences top coaching honor.
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VanDerveer and the Cardinal will attempt to book the programs 10th Final Four trip Monday night, when it takes on No. 11 Gonzaga at 6 p.m. PT at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Stanford Athletics media services

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 4-1 loss to Cubs

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 4-1 loss to Cubs


CHICAGO — The rain stayed away Tuesday after an initial delay of just over an hour. Once the first pitch was thrown, the Giants you watched over the previous week pulled a similar disappearing act. 

The lineup had no answer for Jon Lester, who threw a 99-pitch complete game and led the Cubs to a 4-1 win in two hours and five minutes. On the other side, the Cubs bashed three homers off Johnny Cueto, who still hasn’t found that 2016 groove. 

Here are five things to know from Wrigley, where tarp management is no longer a problem … 

--- Cueto gave up three homers for the first time since joining the Giants. It started with Kyle Schwarber’s 470-foot blast onto Sheffield that the Cubs said was the first to reach the street since 2014. The pitches Schwarber, Jason Heyward and Anthony Rizzo crushed had one thing in common: All were left right over the heart of the plate. 

--- Cueto became just the fourth Giants pitcher in the last 15 years to strike out at least eight but also give up three homers. Jeff Samardzija did it earlier this season against the Diamondbacks.

--- Addison Russell started a double play on Brandon Crawford in the second inning that gave Crawford a taste of what it’s like to hit a ball up the middle against the Giants. A year ago, Russell led NL shortstops in the SABR Defensive Index, which is a chunk of Gold Glove voting. This year, he leads the NL with nine Defensive Runs Saved; Crawford is at four. Personally I think Cincinnati’s Zack Cozart is the second best defensive shortstop in the NL, but Russell is certainly the guy who is the biggest threat to Crawford winning a third straight Gold Glove. 

--- The Lester Yips thing gets talked about quite a bit … but it should probably be talked about more. It’s simply incredible that one of the best pitchers in the world refuses to throw to first. Lester didn’t even move off the mound when Buster Posey hit a slow roller in the second, forcing his catcher to make a much tougher play. In the seventh Posey hit a similar ball and this time Lester had no choice; he fielded the ball and threw underhanded to first.

--- Josh Osich did not shave his mustache, he simply grew the rest out until he had a beard. It’s the smarter way to go. This way Osich still has the stache in his back pocket if the team needs some luck. He pitched a scoreless eighth, striking Schwarber out with a nasty slider.


Raiders OTA observations: Conley, rookies must earn their stripes

Raiders OTA observations: Conley, rookies must earn their stripes

ALAMEDA – Rookies have been immersed in the Raiders system most of this month, but still have a lot to learn before training camp begins this summer.

There’s significant work ahead this spring during OTAs and mid-June’s mandatory minicamp, and young players will do so from the second and third teams. Even the highly touted ones.

First-round draft pick Gareon Conley played slot cornerback with the second unit and outside cornerback on the third during Tuesday’s OTA open to the media. It’s a position the slick, speedy cover man will vacate posthaste, but the Raiders prefer rookies earn their stripes.

“All of our young guys are going to earn their way,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “We have a good football team. We’re going to let them earn their way. We’ll let them compete. We’re early in the competition, so we’ll just go through the offseason and continue to get (Conley) involved and get him reps. These guys will ascend and take their positions as they earn it. We’re really happy with the way he’s started.”

The Raiders didn’t feature a single rookie on their first units Tuesday. Second-round safety Obi Melifonwu, fourth-round offensive tackle David Sharpe and middle linebacker Marquel Lee were featured on the second unit.

Here are some other observations from Tuesday’s OTA sessions.

-- Del Rio said Marshall Newhouse had the inside track to be the team’s starting right tackle. The versatile veteran worked there with the first team, joining a front five otherwise intact from a season ago.

-- Second-year pro Connor Cook, who switched from No. 8 to No. 18 this offseason, ran the second offensive unit. E.J. Manuel worked with the third team.

-- Inside linebacker Ben Heeney worked on a side field with a trainer during Tuesday’s practice, as he continues to rehab from surgery to repair an ankle broken early last season. Jelani Jenkins also did side work after practicing on Monday.

Cory James and Tyrell Adams worked with the first unit at inside linebacker.

-- Veteran running back Marshawn Lynch was limited to individual drills for a second straight day as the Raiders ease him back into football activity.

-- Offensive lineman Austin Howard is working his way back from offseason shoulder surgery, and only practice during individual drills.

-- Cornerback Sean Smith had offseason surgery, but was a full participant in Tuesday’s session.

-- Third-round defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes remains away from the Raiders complex due to an NFL rule preventing players from schools still in session to work with their teams. He won’t re-join the squad until training camp. Undrafted rookie Nicholas Morrow is in a similar spot, but will return next week.

-- Edge rusher Shilique Calhoun played last season at 250 pounds, but looks decidedly bigger now. He told the team website he’s up to 270 pounds.