Stanford's VanDerveer Basketball's Winningest Division I Coach

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January 21, 2024

The winningest Division I college basketball coach of all time is now Tara VanDerveer, who won her 1,203rd game on January 21, 2024, as Stanford defeated Oregon State 65–56 at home.

Tara Vanderveer

At that point, VanDerveer's career won-loss record was 1,203–267. She has coached at Stanford for 38 seasons, beginning in 1985, and before that coached at Idaho (1978–1980) and Ohio State (1980–1985). Her teams have won three national championships (1990, 1992, 2021), and she herself coached the 1996 U.S. women's Olympic team to a gold medal-winning performance in Atlanta. During her tenure, Stanford teams have won the Pac-12 regular season 27 times and the conference tournament 14 teams.

Van Derveer, 70, was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 and has been named National Coach of the Year five times.

She was a star player herself, starting at point guard for Indiana University and graduating in 1975. When she was a sophomore, her team reached the national semifinals.

Not far behind in the total wins column is Connecticut's Geno Auriemma, with a won-loss record of 1,194–159. Third place on the all-time wins list for women's coaches is Tennessee icon Pat Summitt, who racked up 1,098 wins (against just 208 losses) in 38 years as the Volunteers head coach.

The winningest men's Division I basketball coach is Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, who won 1,202 games (and lost 368) in 47 years coaching Army and Duke. Second on the men's list is Jim Boeheim, who won 1,015 games at Syracuse. (This includes the removal of 101 wins after a rules violation scandal.) The third-winningest Division I men's coach is Cliff Ellis, who won 906 games and lost 571 at South Alabama (1975–1984), Clemson (1984–1994), Auburn (1994–2004), and Coastal Carolina (2007–).

Both Bob Huggins and Jim Calhoun have more total victories than Ellis, but both of them spent time as non-Division I coaches.

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