For a coach that’s already become one of college basketball’s most recognizable figures, Tara VanDerveer ascended to even more rarified air on Friday night. With the Cardinal’s convincing 86-62 win over the Ducks in Eugene, Stanford’s long-time head coach became the first woman in Division I basketball history to win 400 games in a single conference. The 2011 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee joins just two other collegiate men’s basketball coaches to reach the 400-win plateau in the same conference: North Carolina’s legendary Dean Smith (422 wins) and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim (408 wins, as of today).
The achievement stands as a testament to VanDerveer’s longevity. She’s currently in her 27th season guiding the Cardinal, a tenure that has earned her 12 Coach of the Year awards in the Pac-12 and a pair of NCAA national championships for Stanford.