Tara VanDerveer - Updated Dec 2023

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Tara VanDerveer

Tara VanDerveer is a former basketball player and coach from the United States. Tara VanDerveer is the head coach of women’s basketball at Stanford University. She is also known for leading the United States women’s basketball team to Olympic gold. Moreover, she is a five-time national coach of the year and was named to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.

Early life

Tara Ann VanDerveer best known as Tara Vanderveer was born on 26th June 1953, in Melrose, Massachusetts, the United States of America.

As of now, she is 68 years old and she is a citizen of America. Talking about her parents, she is the daughter of Dunbar VanDerveer (father) and Rita VanDerveer (mother). She was raised in the small community of West Hill, near Schenectady, New York.

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Caption: Tara VanDerveer posing with her mother Rita and sister Heidi (Source: Pinterest)

Talking about her academic qualification, she enrolled in High School at the age of 16 years. After finishing her high school education, she completed her bachelor’s degree from a public US State University.

Tara VanDerveer – Net Worth 2023

As, Tara VanDerveer has not revealed her net worth, income, and salary in public. According to some online, she has an estimated net worth of $4 million.

Body measurement

Tara is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs around 66 kg. Moreover, She has brown eyes and light brown hair in color. Aside from them, she has not mentioned VanDerveer’s other body measurements in public.

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Caption: Tara VanDerveer body measurement (Source: Sports Illustrated)

Professional career

She is an American basketball head coach. Moreover, she was the head coach of USA Basketball for eight years, from 1986 to the 1996 Olympic Games.

She led the USA to four gold medals, one bronze medal, and an overall record of 88-8. She led a USA Select Team to a 2-3 record against teams from Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union in 1990.

In addition, she led the United States to a 6-1 record and a gold medal in the COPABA World Cup Qualifying event in 1993. The gold medal earned the United States a spot in the 1994 FIBA World Cup, and she returned to head up the team in 1994.

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Caption: Tara VanDerveer coaching the American women’s basketball team (Source: Buffalo News)

She was the head coach of the famous 1995-96 USA Women’s National Team, which went 52-0 in ten months and traveled more than 100,000 miles while playing in seven nations.

In September 1997, she released Shooting From the Outside, a book that recounted the 1995-96 campaign.

Since 1985, she worked as a head coach for Stanford University. She has helped to reach 13 NCAA Final Fours in 32 trips to the NCAA Tournament and has led teams to 23 Pacific-12 Conference regular-season titles and 13 Pac-12 Tournament titles.

Stanford has won two NCAA championships and had 12 Final Four appearances by 2019. Tara has a 900–192 record at Stanford making her only the fifth Division I coach to win 900 games in a single season.

With a 54-53 victory over Pac-12 rival Arizona Wildcats in April 2021, she guided the Cardinal to their third NCAA championship. For the first time in 29 years, they had won a championship.


As a basketball coach, Tara VanDerveer has won several awards and honors. Tara has been named the Naismith National Coach of the Year in 1988, 1989, 1990, and 2011.

She was named the WBCA National Coach of the Year in 1989 and 2011. In addition, she was awarded the AP College Basketball Coach of the Year in 2011 and many more.

Relationship Status

As of now, Tara is single and unmarried. In addition, there is no news regarding her relationship. She was a part of rumors when she was linked with Amy Trucker.

Amy is a former associate head of the Stanford Cardinal Women’s basketball team under Tara but rumors became false. Besides that, she likes to stay away from rumors and focuses on her coaching career.

Tara VanDerveer – Social media

Tara is active only on Twitter. On her Twitter, there are more than 7k followers. Aside from this, she doesn’t spend time on other social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter.