One Woman, One Thousand
STANFORD, Calif. :
On Feb. 27,2018, Tara VanDerveer was named the John R. Wooden Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the 15th time.
Tara VanDerveer became the second NCAA women's coach to reach 1,000 career victories On Feb. 3,2017, when No. 8 Stanford beat USC 58-42 to give the Hall of Famer a major milestone to share with the home crowd at Maples Pavilion.
VanDerveer joined the late Pat Summitt, with 1,098 wins to her name, as the only other women's coach in the elite club. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski is the only Division I men's coach with 1,000.
Tara VanDerveer was honored with the 2016 Coaching Corps Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization’s 2nd Annual Game Changer Awards at The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco in January.
The event supports Coaching Corps’ mission to provide youth from under-resourced communities access to trained coaches and the benefits of sports activities and team-based learning.
In a storied 40-year coaching career, Tara VanDerveer has established herself as one of the top coaches in the history of collegiate and international women’s basketball, and been inducted into both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2011) and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (2002).
An ambassador for both Stanford University and the sport of college basketball, VanDerveer has enjoyed an unprecedented level of success through an energetic and positive approach to the game. A four-time national coach of the year and 14-time Pac-12 Conference Coach of the Year, VanDerveer, who prior to coming to Stanford served as head coach for a combined seven seasons at Idaho (1978-80) and Ohio State (1980-85), has accumulated an impressive 980-225 (.813) record in her 38 years as a collegiate head coach and an 828-174 (.826) record over 31 seasons at Stanford.
VanDerveer has led her Stanford teams to two NCAA Championships (1990, 1992), 13 NCAA Final Four appearances, 23 Pac-12 regular-season titles, 13 Pac-12 Tournament crowns and 32 trips to the NCAA Tournament. She has also led Idaho to one AIAW Tournament appearance and Ohio State to a pair of NCAA Tournaments while twice being named Big Ten Coach of the Year.
In 1995-96 she served as head coach of the USA Basketball National Team, leading the team which included Azzi to a 52-0 exhibition record and then to the Olympic Gold Medal with a perfect 8-0 run at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Kate Paye enters her 13th season as a member of the Stanford women's basketball coaching staff and fourth as Associate Head Coach.Since Paye’s return to Stanford in 2007-08, the Cardinal has been one of the top teams in the nation, going 238-23 (.912), reaching two national title games and being one of just two programs to reach the Final Four six times. Paye’s responsibilities with the program include working with the perimeter players, overseeing the defense, opponent scouting and recruiting.
Under Paye’s tutelage, the Cardinal perimeter players have garnered national and conference awards and recognition and established program and personal bests. Since 2007-08 the perimeter players under Paye’s tutelage have thrice been selected in the first round of the WNBA Draft, captured two All-America nods, two Pac-10 Player of the Year awards, a Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year award and 11 All-Pac-12/Pac-10 Team selections.
Kayla Pedersen and Jeanette Pohlen each earned national and conference recognition and were selected in the first round of the 2011 WNBA Draft.
Paye’s work with Pedersen contributed to the forward’s successful transition from an inside player to a dominant perimeter threat. In 2011, Pedersen was named to the All-Pac-10 Team and was an Associated Press All-America honorable mention. Pohlen enjoyed a career year in 2010-11, scoring 14.5 points per game and setting a new Stanford single-season record with 96 3-pointers made. She was named to the Associated Press All-America First Team and captured the Pac-10 Player of the Year award. That April, each player was selected in the first round of the WNBA Draft as Pedersen went seventh to the Tulsa Shock and Pohlen ninth to the Indiana Fever.
In 2007-08, Paye coached Stanford standout Candice Wiggins to a record-breaking senior season in which the Cardinal guard earned her fourth straight All-America honor, third Pac-10 Player of the Year award, the Wade Trophy Player of the Year Award, and was the No. 3 pick by the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA Draft.
Most recently Paye guided point guard Amber Orrange to her All-Pac-12 Team selections in 2013 and 2014 after being named to the All-Freshman Team in 2012. In 2014, Orrange’s backcourt mate, freshman Lili Thompson, was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team after finishing with an 8.3 ppg average.
Another guard to earn her first All-Pac-12 Team honor under Paye’s guidance, this one in 2012, was Toni Kokenis. In 2011-12 Kokenis scored 9.5 points per game, an increase of over four points a contest, and her 2.28 assist-to-turnover ratio paced the Pac-12 and ranked eighth in the nation.
Paye also played a key role in the development of senior guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, who became Stanford’s first Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 and was regarded as one of the country’s top defensive guards.
Paye, who earned the Cardinal’s “Best Defensive Player” award in 1994, has played a vital role in shaping a dominant and aggressive Stanford defense in the past seven seasons. Stanford has held its opponents to its five lowest-scoring seasons over the last seven years and its four lowest shooting percentages, highlighted by all-time lows of 51.9 points per game and a 31.6 field-goal percentage in 2012-13.
Paye has also been instrumental in the Cardinal recruiting efforts which have landed the program numerous top-10 ranked classes including two top-ranked prospects and Gatorade National Players of the Year in Nnemkadi Ogwumike (2008) and Chiney Ogwumike (2010).
A native of Woodside, Calif., Paye was a four-year member of the Stanford women's basketball team that claimed the national championship in 1992 and advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 1995. A three-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection and two-time team captain, Paye earned her Bachelor's degree in political science from Stanford in 1995. She also graduated with distinction with both her Juris Doctorate and Master's of business administration degrees from Stanford in 2003. Paye worked as a corporate attorney for Palo Alto-based, Cooley Godward LLP, before returning to basketball as a coach.
Out of college, Paye served as assistant coach at San Diego State during the 1995-96 season before going on to play basketball professionally, competing with the Seattle Reign of the ABL for three seasons (1996-98) and later with the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx and Seattle Storm from 2000-02. In her six-year professional career, Paye played with and competed against the top players in the world, including Katie Smith, Sue Bird, Lauren Jackson, Lisa Leslie, and Sheryl Swoopes. She also worked with some of the most accomplished coaches in the college and pro ranks including Anne Donovan, Brian Agler and Lin Dunn.
Tempie Brown begins her 7th year on the Stanford women's basketball staff. Brown works primarily with the Cardinal guards and assists in recruiting efforts.
In her first season on the bench, Stanford went 33-4, made its sixth Final Four appearance in seven years and captured its 14th straight Pac-12 regular-season title.
Brown spent the previous four seasons at Michigan State, rising to the position of Associate Head Coach as she helped guide the Spartans to NCAA Tournament appearances in each of her seasons in East Lansing. Over this span the Spartans went 95-37 overall, including a 46-20 mark in conference play as the team never finished lower than third in the Big Ten standings.
Her duties on the Spartan staff included serving as the staff's academic liaison, strength and conditioning coordinator, and perimeter position coach, while also playing a key role in the scouting of upcoming opponents.
Including her stint at Michigan State, Brown has spent the past 14 years in the collegiate coaching ranks. Prior to arriving in East Lansing she served as an assistant coach at Memphis (2008-09), Northwestern (2004-08), Lehigh (2002-04), Eastern Michigan (2000-02) and Saginaw Valley State (1999-2000).
Brown graduated from the University of Michigan in 1990 with a degree in kinesiology, and later finished her master's degree in exercise physiology in 1992. A four-year letterwinner and two-year captain from 1986-90 with the Wolverines, Brown still ranks among the program's top-15 scorers with 1,142 points, in addition to sitting in the top-20 in career assists and steals. As a sophomore, she was recognized as an All-Big Ten honorable mention in addition to being named the team's most improved player
Lindy La Rocque
Lindy La Rocque, enters her 3rd season on staff. She played in four Final Fours with the Cardinal from 2009-12, returned to her alma mater on April 17, 2017. She works mainly with Stanford's perimeter players.
La Rocque spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., helping the Bruins to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths, the program’s first since 2007. Belmont went 51-15 overall and 29-3 in Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) action with La Rocque on the bench, winning the conference regular-season championship in 2016-17 and the league’s tournament title both two seasons.
La Rocque specialized primarily with the development of the Bruins’ guards. During her two years in Nashville, Belmont was ninth nationally in assists per game (17.6) and 16th in assist to turnover ratio (1.25). The Bruins were also ninth in the country in 3-point field goal percentage (.373) and 17th in points per game (76.2).
Prior to joining the Belmont staff, La Rocque spent two years as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma while pursuing her master’s in education.
La Rocque played in 138 career games for Stanford, the eighth most in program history. She was instrumental in helping the Cardinal compile a 137-12 record during her four years, including a 71-1 mark in conference. Stanford appeared in the Final Four each season during her undergraduate career and advanced to the national title game in 2010.
Eileen Roche - Camp Director
Eileen Roche enters her 15th season as the Assistant Athletic Director of Women’s Basketball Operations and Camp Director for Stanford University Girls Basketball Camps. She oversees all aspects of coordination and operation of the summer camps.
During the season Roche focuses on scheduling and securing of contracts,facility scheduling home and away,community service and of course assisting the coaching staff in day-to-day operations.
Other duties include game day management and the coordination and planning of various team events and special projects related to the Women's program. Roche works closely with other athletic department staffs as well as those in facilities, marketing, media relations and development.
Roche is the liaison to the Buck/Cardinal Fast Break Club, Stanford's boosters organization.
Prior to her arrival at Stanford, Roche was an event coordinator and championship director for the CIF-Central Coast Section (CCS), High School Athletic Championships, from 1990-2005. She also served as the CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) Nor-Cal Volleyball Director 1999-2005.
This is Roche's second stint at Stanford, as she served as an assistant coach from 1982-85 after assistant coaching at Virginia Tech University in 1981-82. Roche was the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at West Valley Community College in 1985-86.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Roche grew up in Berkeley Heights, N.J. She earned her B.A. in Health Education and Physical Education,with a Coaching Minor and a K-12 Teaching Credential from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1981. A three-sport athlete, Roche played basketball, field hockey and softball, earning 12 varsity letters as a Bishop. She was inducted into the Ohio Wesleyan University Athletic Hall Fame in 1989.
Roche has been a Bay Area resident for 36 years and is the proud mother of two incredible sons, Conor and Christian.