Tara VanDerveer

by John Max 28 Apr,2021
Tara VanDerveer
Personal Info
  • Birth Name Tara Ann VanDerveer
  • Birth Place Melrose, Massachusetts
  • Famous Name Tara VanDerveer
  • Father Dunbar VanDerveer
  • Mother Rita VanDerveer
  • Net Worth $4 Million
  • Position in Team Head coach
  • Current team Stanford
  • Nationality American
  • Ethnicity White
  • Profession Basketball Coach

5× National Coach of the Year, Tara VanDerveer is a women's basketball head coach at Stanford University, a position held since 1985. She led the team to three NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championships (1990, 1992, 2021). She stepped away a season from Stanford for the 1996 Olympic Games to coach the U.S. national team.

Melrose, Massachusetts native, Tara VanDerveer was born on 26th June 1953, under the star sign Cancer. The sixty-eight years old holds an American nationality and is of white ethnic background.

How Much Is Tara VanDerveer's Net Worth In 2022?

VanDerveer, the winningest coach in women's college basketball, has been the head women's basketball coach at Stanford University since 1985. However, her salary and contract with the team have never been publicly reported.

As per 2010, Stanford Mag profile, the women's basketball head coach was rumored to earn $500,000 yearly, but, she has agreed on a new contract to be with the cardinals. Further, the magazine also disclosed, that last season (2009), she earned over $1.5 million which includes a $325,000 base salary and bonuses.

Coming to 2016, she began making $2,279,608 annually, as per reports. Though her current contract and salary are still under the shades, it will nothing wrong to say, her annual salary is no less than the seven-digit figure. As of 2022, Tara Vanderveer's net worth is approximately $4 million. 

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Is Tara VanDerveer's Married?

It's been decades that VanDerveer is in the limelight. Every now and then she makes the headline, however, her personal side has always been a mystery. No one knows who is her partner and the main thing is she is rumored to be lesbian too. But, she neither denied nor accepted the rumors.

It's crystal clear that Vanderveer doesn’t enjoy it when the spotlight is cast on her and has downplayed her love life. She is believed to be possibly single. 

Coaching Career

Tara began her coaching career in Idaho in 1978. In 1980, she was hired by Ohio State as their new women's basketball head coach. There she served five-season and then joined Stanford in 1995. 

Under her belt, she led the Standford to 3 NCAA Division I Tournament, 13 NCAA Regional – Final Four, 25 Pac-12 Conference Regular Season, and 13 Pac-12 Conference Tournament. What's more, she passed Pat Summitt for most wins in women's college basketball history on 15th December 2020. 

Early Years (Parents, Siblings, and Academics)

Tara VanDerveer is the daughter of Dunbar and Rita VanDerveer. Her father who was studying for a doctorate at the school now known as the University at Albany at that time took the family to Chautauqua Institution in the summer. That's where Tara immersed in arts as well as sports.

Though there were no sports teams for girls when she was in high school, she played a number of sports including basketball, in rec leagues, and pickup. As she entered her high school years, she bought the best basketball she could afford, to make sure she would be chosen if the boys wanted to play with her. Since she was determined to play basketball in college, she played for The State University of New York at Albany, though her first choice was Mount Holyoke.

Among her four siblings, sister Heidi VanDerveer is the head coach at UC San Diego.

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