John O'Sullivan

#165 Hall of Fame Coach Tara Vanderveer, Head Coach of Stanford Women's Basketball Team

#165 Hall of Fame Coach Tara Vanderveer, Head Coach of Stanford Women's Basketball Team

This week on the Way of Champions Podcast, we welcome Tara Vanderveer, Head Coach of the Stanford Women’s Basketball team. Coach Vanderveer is a 2-Time national champion coach, has been to 12 Final Fours, coached the 1996 US National Team at 1996 Olympics, and has been named Pac-12 Coach of the Year 10 times! She is also one of only nine NCAA Women's Basketball coaches to win over 900 games, and one of ten NCAA Division I coaches – men's or women's – to win 1,000 games. Coach Vanderveer was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. In this episode,Coach Vanderveer shares what it is like to coach during a pandemic, why she thinks it is important to look at every one of her players as someone’s daughter, and what she learned by becoming a student of the piano at 40.   You can connect with Coach Vanderveer on Twitter here and Stanford Women's Basketball here.   Highlights from the Podcast: What is it like to not coach players during this time (COVID-19) How have the players and the environment changed? What is the Stanford Way? Coach Vanderveer recaps a big game in 1985. The state of women’s sports What should young coaches focus on to be a successful coach? “Young coaches, take small steps and make mistakes before swinging for the fences." Does a great player make a great coach? Why every coach should carry around a notebook “You can get more bees with honey than vinegar." Coach Vanderveer explains her philosophy in working with difficult players What did Coach Vanderveer learn by becoming a piano student at 40-years-old? Advice for parents that want their kids to do well in sports Advice to athletes: “The same brain that got you in the game got you taken out of the game." Lessons learned from being the #1 seed and getting beat by the #16 seed Coach Vanderveer gives Jerry homework               Help Support the Podcast! Become a Podcast Champion! …and get FREE access to ALL of our online courses.   If you love the podcast, we would love for you to become a Podcast Champion, (https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions) for as little as a cup of coffee per month (OK, its a Venti Mocha), to help us up the ante and provide even better interviews, better sound, and an overall enhanced experience. Plus, as a $10 per month Podcast Super-Champion, you will have access to never before released and bonus material, including: Downloadable transcripts of the podcasts, so you don't have to crash your car trying to take notes! A monthly discussion with John, James, Jerry, and other special guests talking about the previous month's episodes and answering some of the FAQs we received that month A code to get free access to our online course called "Coaching Mastery," usually a $97 course, but yours for free for becoming a patron. Access to an online community of coaches like you who are dedicated listeners of the podcast, and will be able to answer your questions and share their coaching experiences.     Thank you for all your support these past two years, and a special big thank you to all of you who become part of our inner circle, our patrons, who will enable us to take our podcast to the next level. https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions

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