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: Cowboys hand 49ers worst loss in four-year history of Levi's


Instant Analysis: Cowboys hand 49ers worst loss in four-year history of Levi's


SANTA CLARA – The 49ers’ streak of consecutive close losses came to an end on Sunday.

No, the 49ers did not pick up their first victory of the season. Rather, the Dallas Cowboys blew out the hapless 49ers on Dwight Clark Day at Levi’s Stadium.

After their NFL-record streak of five straight defeats by three points or fewer, the 49ers were dealt an embarrassing 40-10 loss to drop their record under first-year coach Kyle Shanahan to 0-7.

It was the worst loss in the four-season history of Levi’s Stadium. The previous-worst defeat for the 49ers since the move from Candlestick Park was a 41-23 loss to the New Orleans Saints last season. The 49ers have lost 10 consecutive home games over the past two seasons.

The 49ers and Cleveland Browns, also 0-7, are the only winless teams remaining in the league.

The poor showing – and inability to slow down Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott – put a damper on a festive day for the 49ers, as Clark was recognized for his contributions to the dynasty of the 1980s.

Clark, whose leaping 6-yard touchdown catch in the NFC Championship game against the Cowboys, catapulted the 49ers to their first Super Bowl. Now 60, Clark is battling ALS. He delivered remarks to his former teammates and the crowd during a halftime ceremony.

But when the second half opened, Elliott had a 72-yard touchdown reception from Dak Prescott to give Dallas a 27-3 lead. Elliott had a big day against the 49ers, as he also rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns on 26 rushing attempts.

The Cowboys did not need much of an opening, but they took advantage of some critical 49ers miscues in the first quarter.

After the 49ers’ defense forced a three-and-out on the opening drive with DeForest Buckner swatting down two passes at the line of scrimmage, rookie Trent Taylor gave it right back when he fumbled a punt.

The Cowboys took over and drove 20 yards on three plays with Elliott scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run.

On Dallas’ next possession, 49ers cornerback Rashard Robinson surrendered 17 yards on a pass-interference penalty. Then, Robinson’s illegal contract penalty nullified a 15-yard loss for intentional grounding.

Elliott, again, wasted little time as he scored on a 25-yard touchdown to give the Cowboys a 14-0 lead with 7:57 remaining in the first quarter.

Rookie C.J. Beathard was beat up in his first NFL start after taking over for struggling veteran Brian Hoyer last week.

Beathard, a third-round draft pick from Iowa, completed 22 of 38 passes for 235 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Beathard also rushed five times for 30 yards and touchdown.

But Beathard was under constant harassment, as he was also sacked five times for minus-48 yards and lost two fumbles.

Rookie linebacker Reuben Foster started as he made his first appearance since the opening game of the season, when he sustained a high right ankle sprain. But Foster exited in the third quarter with a ribs injury to his right side.

Foster recorded five tackles, including one for a loss, in his most extensive playing time of the season.

Right tackle Trent Brown left the game in the second half and was diagnosed with a concussion. Brown was pass through the NFL’s concussion protocol in order to be cleared for the 49ers’ game next Sunday at the Philadelphia Eagles.


--Fullback Kyle Juszczyk (back) and pass-rusher Aaron Lynch (calf) were among the 49ers’ seven inactive players.

--Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, who came into the game with a league-leading 8.5 sacks, moved to the other side of the line and beat left tackle Joe Staley for a sack-strip to thwart a 49ers scoring chance late in the first half.

Earthquakes secure spot in playoffs with clutch goal in stoppage time

Earthquakes secure spot in playoffs with clutch goal in stoppage time


SAN JOSE — Marco Urena scored in the third minute of stoppage time and the San Jose Earthquakes secured a playoff spot with a 3-2 victory over Minnesota United on Sunday in their regular-season finale.

San Jose (13-14-7) needed a win for the final spot in the Western Conference after FC Dallas' 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy. It's an unexpected run for the Earthquakes, who fired coach Dominic Kinnear midway through the season.

In the build-up to the winner, San Jose goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell sent a long ball that was chested by Victor Bernardez and headed to Quincy Amarikwa inside the 18-yard box. Minnesota goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth pushed Amarikwa's shot wide but San Jose star Chris Wondolowski chased it down for a feed to an open Urena in front of goal.

The Earthquakes have won seven of their last nine home games — with every win coming by one goal.

Wondolowski gave San Jose a 2-1 lead in the 55th with an easy redirection of Danny Hoesen cross at the back post.

Minnesota (10-18-6), which has lost nine of its last 12 road games, tied it at 2 in the 81st on Francisco Calvo's header off the crossbar.