Stanford's VanDerveer named Naismith Coach of the Year for 3rd time
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Stanford's Tara VanDerveer has been named the Naismith Women's College Coach of the Year.

VanDerveer previously captured the honor in 1990 and 2011.

The 67-year-old guided the Cardinal to a 29-2 record this season and is two wins from delivering the school its third national championship of her 35-year tenure.

"It is a tremendous honor to be named the Werner Ladder Naismith Coach of the Year," said VanDerveer said in a statement. "I'm very grateful and humbled. I want to thank Stanford University, my athletic director, my assistant coaches, and especially my players.

"Our team has had a great season, and this award is a reflection of those players, how hard they've worked, and how hard they've played."

VanDerveer surpassed the legendary Pat Summitt as the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I women's basketball history earlier this season. The longtime Stanford bench boss holds a 1,123-255 career record.

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