Tara VanDerveer

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Tara VanDerveer
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Current position
Title Head coach
Team Stanford
Conference Pac-12
Record1,005–208 (.829)
Biographical details
Born (1953-06-26) June 26, 1953 (age 69)
Melrose, Massachusetts
Playing career
1971–1972 Albany
1972–1975 Indiana
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1978–1980 Idaho
1980–1985 Ohio State
1985–1995 Stanford
National team
1995–1996 USA
Head coaching record
Overall1,157–259 (.817)
Tournaments60–24 (NCAA Division I)
28–2 (Pac-12)
5–1 (Big Ten)
Accomplishments and honors
  • 5× National Coach of the Year (1988–1990, 2011, 2020)
  • 10× Pac-10/12 Coach of the Year (1989, 1990, 1995, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009)
  • 5× WBCA District/Region Coach of the Year (1988–1990, 2007, 2009)
  • John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award (2014)
  • 5× Northern California Women's Intercollegiate Coach of the Year (1988–1990, 1992, 1993)
  • Big Ten Coach of the Year (1984, 1985)
Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2011 (profile)
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
Medal record
Women's Basketball
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Olympic Games
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1996 Atlanta Team Competition
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FIBA World Championship for Women
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1994 Sydney Team Competition
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Goodwill Games
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1994 St. Petersburg Team Competition
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World University Games
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1991 Sheffield Team Competition

Tara Ann VanDerveer (born June 26, 1953) [1] is an American basketball coach who has been the head women's basketball coach at Stanford University since 1985. Designated the Setsuko Ishiyama Director of Women's Basketball, VanDerveer led the Stanford Cardinal to three NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championships: in 1990, 1992 and 2021. [2] She stepped away from the Stanford program for a year to serve as the U.S. national team head coach at the 1996 Olympic Games. [2] VanDerveer is the 1990 Naismith National Coach of the Year and a ten-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year. 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. VanDerveer was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. On December 15, 2020 she passed Pat Summitt for most wins in women's college basketball history. [3]


Early years

VanDerveer was born on June 26, 1953, [4] to Dunbar and Rita VanDerveer, who named their first child "Tara" after the plantation in Gone with the Wind . [4] She was born in Melrose, Massachusetts, [4] a part of Greater Boston, but grew up in the small community of West Hill, near Schenectady, New York.

There were no sports teams for girls at her first high school, but she played a number of sports including basketball, in rec leagues and pickup. When she was younger, she played with both boys and girls. As she entered her high school years, the girls dropped out for other interests, so she was more apt to play with boys. To help make sure she would be chosen, she bought the best basketball she could afford, so if the boys wanted to play with her basketball, they would have to pick her. [5] [6]

VanDerveer's family moved to Niagara Falls in her sophomore year of high school. [5] Though she had never played basketball at the high-school level, VanDerveer took the game up again after she transferred to Buffalo Seminary, an all-girls college preparatory school, in her junior year. She ended up earning a place in the Buffalo Seminary's Athletic Hall of Fame. [7]


VanDerveer was determined to play basketball in college. Unable to afford tuition at her first choice, Mount Holyoke, she chose to attend Albany where her father had studied for his doctorate. The team was not highly competitive, but she knew the coach, which helped with the decision. [8] The team turned out not be challenging enough. Although naturally a guard, she shifted to the center position, and led the team in many categories, despite being a freshman on the team. She decided she needed a bigger challenge so she talked some of her friends into attending the AIAW National Championship, where she watched many teams, took notes, and decided where she wanted to go. [9] She chose Indiana where she transferred and spent three years, making the Dean's List each of the three years. [5] [10] In her sophomore year, 1973 she helped the team reach the Final Four of the AIAW championship, losing in the semi-finals to Queens College. [11]

At that time, the men's basketball team at Indiana was coached by future Hall of Fame coach Bobby Knight. The Indiana women's coach, Bea Gorton, patterned her style of play and practices after Knight, and it was the observation of the style of play at the AIAW event that persuaded VanDerveer to choose Indiana. VanDerveer enrolled in Knight's basketball coaching classes at IU and regularly observed his team's practices. [12] VanDerveer carried what she learned from Knight to her practices at Stanford. [9]

Coaching career

After completing college, VanDerveer took a year off, with a plan to return to law school. When she ran out of money she returned home. When her parents realized she was doing little beyond playing chess and sleeping, they urged her to help with her sister Marie's basketball team. Her sister was five years younger, and by the time Marie reached high school, the school had basketball teams for girls. Though frustrated by the lack of commitment from the girls on her team, VanDerveer discovered a passion for coaching basketball. [13]

Inspired by the experience, VanDerveer applied to twenty colleges and universities for an unpaid graduate assistant position. She received only two responses, one of which was for Ohio State, where the athletic director had remembered her from Indiana. She was hired as an assistant coach of the varsity team and the head coach of the JV squad. [14]

In her first year, she coached the JV team to an 8–0 season. That caught the attention of Marianne Stanley at Old Dominion, who offered her an assistant coaching position. VanDerveer wanted to finish her master's degree, so accepted a paid position at Ohio State, at a salary less than a quarter of the Old Dominion offer. [15] [16]


After two years at Ohio State, during which she earned a master's degree in sports administration, she was hired as head coach at the University of Idaho. When she arrived at Idaho, the team had only one winning season in their first four years. Under VanDerveer, the team improved to 17–8 in her first year, the 1978 season. The team won the first game of the season, beating the Northern Montana Skylights 80–78, which represented the first of VanDerveer's wins. [17] The following year, the team improved to 25–6, which earned the team an invitation to the AIAW women's basketball tournament (the precursor to the NCAA National Championships). [18]

Ohio State

VanDerveer returned to Ohio State as head coach in 1981. Her tenure included a record-breaking February 3, 1985 game against Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena that was attended by 22,157 fans, at the time the largest crowd ever assembled to watch a women's basketball game. [19] Ohio State won the game 56–47. [20] [21] [22] [23]


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Stanford Cardinal team with 1990 National Championship Trophy

By 1985, VanDerveer had developed Ohio State into a nationally ranked team, breaking into the Top 20 in 1984, and reaching number 7 in the final rankings of 1985. [24] Their success in 1985 earned a two seed in the 1985 NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament. They made it to the Elite Eight, but lost by four points to eventual national champion Old Dominion. While Stanford would later become one of the nation's powerhouses in women's basketball, in 1985 it was coming off a 9–19 year following a 5–23 year, with only 300 fans a game. Despite this challenge, Andy Geiger convinced VanDerveer to come to Stanford to become the head coach. [25] [26] [27] VanDerveer later recounted that her friends told her going to Stanford was a bad move, because Stanford was too "brainy" to be good in sports. She said, "My dad told me I was crazy to take this job. He said, 'You’ll be unemployed and coming home to live with us in three months'." [28]

VanDerveer's first year with Stanford was a step backward for the coach. After four consecutive 20-plus win seasons at Ohio State, the Cardinal finished under .500 in her first year, with a 13–15 record, and barely improved that the following year, reaching 14–14. By her third year, when she was playing her own recruits, and the team was now following her coaching philosophy, the record jumped to 27–5. Stanford did not earn a bid to the NCAA tournament in either of her first two years, and had not attended since 1982, but earned a bid in 1988, reaching the Sweet Sixteen, and has earned an invitation to the tournament in every subsequent year.

Another milestone was reached in the following year, when Stanford won the Pac-10 regular season, the first of many conference championships. They earned a two seed in the NCAA tournament, and played to their seed, losing to Louisiana Tech in the Midwest regional final.

In the 1990 tournament, Stanford advanced to the Final Four to face Virginia in the semi-final. The Cavaliers were competing in their sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament, and had reached the Sweet Sixteen or Elite Eight in each of the previous three years. Stanford beat Virginia 75–66 to advance to the National Championship game. The championship game pitted Stanford against Auburn, who had finished as runner-up in each of the last two Tournaments. Auburn opened up an early lead, but Stanford point guard Jennifer Azzi helped bring the team back to a tie score by halftime, and led a run in the second half that would earn the Most Outstanding player award for Azzi, and the first National Championship for VanDerveer and Stanford. [29]

By 2019 Stanford had won two NCAA championships and 12 trips to the Final Four. VanDerveer's coaching record at Stanford was 900–192, making her the fifth Division I coach to chalk up 900 wins at a single school. [28]

On December 14, 2020 VanDerveer tied the record for coaching wins and then surpassed existing women's game wins record (held by Pat Summitt) when Stanford beat Pacific on December 16, 2020. [30]

In April 2021, VanDerveer led the Cardinal to their third NCAA title with a 54-53 victory over their Pac-12 rival Arizona Wildcats. It marked their first title in 29 years. [31]

National team

Although the USA Basketball women's national team had considerable success in the 1980s—winning the 1984 Olympics, the 1986 World Championship, the 1988 Olympics, and the 1990 World Championship—there were signs of concern. The USA women's Pan American team, while not formally the national team, has, since the mid-1970s, included many of the same players as the national team. The Pan Am team in 1991 would finish third, signaling a potential end to Team USA's past dominance. [32] The national team finished third at the 1992 Olympics, and third again in the 1994 World Championship. The 1995 Pan Am Games were cancelled, so the national team players did not have a win after the 1992 Olympics. [33]

The USA Basketball organization, with input from VanDerveer, decided to depart from the usual strategy of forming a team a few weeks before the event, which severely limited the practice time. Instead, they decided to form a full-time national team to stay together for a year, preparing to the 1996 Olympics. VanDerveer was chosen as head coach, but was expected to take a one-year sabbatical from her head coaching position at Stanford. [34]

VanDerveer had previously worked with USA Basketball teams in 1986 and 1990, [35] and served as the head coach of the team representing the US at the 1991 World University Games. That team went 8–0 and won the gold medal in Sheffield, England. [36] Two years later, she coached the team in the World Championship qualifying event. [37] She continued as the coach of the National team at the 1994 World Championships in Sydney, where the USA team won the bronze medal. [38] Two months later, VanDerveer coached the USA Goodwill Games team to a 4–0 record and a gold medal at the 1994 Goodwill Games in Saint Petersburg. [39] Though her prior experience meant she was the obvious choice as coach of the Olympic team, she was initially reluctant to take the position, as she had decided that to do it properly she would need to take a leave of absence from Stanford. In her words, "When you're representing your country, it's not something you want to mess up." She eventually decided to take the position, and did take the leave of absence, with Amy Tucker and Marianne Stanley taking over the reins at Stanford in her absence. [40]

Prior to 1996, the head coach had much input into the national team selection. While the USA Basketball organization selected the pool of potential players, the head coach chose the final team. That changed in 1996, when USA Basketball decided to take over the selection role. The initial selection was of 11 players, with plans to add a 12th player later, which would allow the organization to determine what was most needed. The lack of input led to some differences of opinions, as VanDerveer was concerned that the team assembled by USA Basketball was undersized compared with teams like China, which featured a 6'8" (2.03 m) center. [41]

Although Team USA would win all eight games in the 1996 Olympics, with the closest game being a 15-point victory over Japan, VanDerveer was not certain of victory, even as the team was en route to a 52–0 pre-Olympic record against college and national teams.[ citation needed ] After beating the Cuban national team on May 26, 1996, in Townsville, Australia, the team record reached 44–0. In their next game against the Ukraine national team, played in Adelaide on May 14, the USA team won again, but VanDerveer was not happy. Ukraine, at full strength, was not the best team in the world, and was not seen to be as strong as Russia or Brazil. Moreover, Ukraine was expected to add better players before the Olympics, yet the USA team won by only 11 points, 62–51. [42] VanDerveer recalled worrying at the time: "There's no way we can play like this and win a gold medal." [43]

The opening game of the Olympics was against Cuba, a team the USA had beaten handily several times during their exhibition tour. The USA team was playing in front of a home crowd and played tight in the beginning, while Cuba hit six of their first eight shots to take a 14–7 lead. The USA team settled down, helped by a spark from the reserves, and went on to win 101–84. [44] The second game was against Ukraine, another team they had played in exhibition, but a team that had competed well against the US, worrying VanDerveer. This time the USA team won by a comfortable score of 98–65. [45]

While the first two games were in the compact Morehouse College gym, filled to capacity with under 5,000 spectators, Team USA would play their third game at the Georgia Dome against Zaire. The total attendance of 31,320 broke the record for the largest crowd ever to witness a women's basketball game. Zaire was over-matched, and the USA team won 107–47, ensuring a place in the medal rounds. [46] The next game was against Australia, one of the stronger teams in the field. The game was the first game played by Team USA after the bombing incident which left the team with little sleep. The attendance set a new record, with 33,952 spectators. The game was close for much of the game, with no team leading by more than six points until late in the second half, when Team USA extended the margin and won 96–79. [47] Team USA had a height advantage in the next game against Japan, with no Japanese player standing over six feet tall (1.83 m). The USA exploited the advantage, and opened up a 28-point lead, but Japan fought back with three-point shooting and cut the lead to 13 at one point. The final margin was 15 points, the closest game to that point. [48]

After emerging undefeated from the group stage, VanDerveer's team faced Australia again in the semi-final match, winning 93-71. They faced Brazil two days later in the championship game, winning 111-87 and earning USA their third Olympic gold in women's basketball.

VanDerveer's Olympic team was considered one of the best ever assembled, and compiled a 60–0 record over the course of the year, culminating in a gold medal at the Olympics in Atlanta. [2] [49]

Coaching tree

Twelve of VanDerveer's players and assistant coaches have gone on to head coaching positions:

NameMost recent head coaching positionYears with VanDerveer
Jennifer Azzi San Francisco (2010–2016) 1987–1990 (player)
Beth Burns San Diego State (1989–1997, 2005–2013) 2004–2005 (strength and conditioning coach)
June Daugherty Washington State (2007–2018) 1985–1989 (assistant coach)
Molly Goodenbour San Francisco (2016–present) 1989–1993 (player)
Bobbie Kelsey Wisconsin (2011–2016) 1992–1996 (player), 2007–2011 (assistant coach)
Lindy La Rocque UNLV (2020–present) 2009–2012 (player), 2017–2020 (assistant coach)
Karen Middleton Western Carolina (2009–2015) 1997–2007 (assistant coach)
Nicole Powell UC Riverside (2020–present) 2000–2004 (player)
Julie Rousseau Pepperdine (2004–2013) 2000–2004 (assistant coach)
Charmin Smith California (2019–present) 1994–1997 (player), 2004–2007 (assistant coach)
Charli Turner Thorne Arizona State (1996–present) 1985–1988 (player)
Heidi VanDerveer UC San Diego (2012–present) 2003–2004 (video coordinator)

College head coaching record

Sources:Idaho, [18] Ohio State, [50] Big Ten, [51] Stanford. [52]

Statistics overview
Idaho Vandals (AIAW independent)(1978–1979)
1978–79Idaho 17–8
Idaho Vandals (Northwest Empire League)(1979–1980)
1979–80Idaho 25–610–2 AIAW first round
Idaho:42–14 (.750)10–2 (.833)
Ohio State Buckeyes (Big Ten Conference)(1980–1985)
1980–81Ohio State 17–152–13rd
1981–82Ohio State 20–73–01st NCAA first round
1982–83Ohio State 23–515–3T–1st
1983–84Ohio State 22–717–11st NCAA first round
1984–85Ohio State 28–318–01st NCAA Elite Eight
Ohio State:110–37 (.748)55–5 (.917)
Stanford Cardinal (Pacific West Conference)(1985–1986)
1985–86Stanford 13–151–75th
Stanford Cardinal (Pac–10/Pac–12 Conference)(1986–present)
1986–87Stanford 14–148–10T–6th
1987–88Stanford 27–514–43rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1988–89Stanford 28–318–01st NCAA Elite Eight
1989–90Stanford 32–117–1T–1st NCAA Champions
1990–91Stanford 26–616–21st NCAA Final Four
1991–92Stanford 30–315–31st NCAA Champions
1992–93Stanford 26–615–31st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1993–94Stanford 25–615–32nd NCAA Elite Eight
1994–95Stanford 30–317–11st NCAA Final Four
1996–97Stanford 34–218–01st NCAA Final Four
1997–98Stanford 21–617–11st NCAA first round
1998–99Stanford 18–1214–43rd NCAA first round
1999–00Stanford 21–913–5T–2nd NCAA second round
2000–01Stanford 19–1112–6T–1st NCAA second round
2001–02Stanford 32–318–01st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2002–03Stanford 27–515–31st NCAA second round
2003–04Stanford 27–714–4T–1st NCAA Elite Eight
2004–05Stanford 32–317–11st NCAA Elite Eight
2005–06Stanford 26–815–31st NCAA Elite Eight
2006–07Stanford 29–517–11st NCAA second round
2007–08Stanford 35–416–21st NCAA Runner-Up
2008–09 Stanford 33–517–11st NCAA Final Four
2009–10 Stanford 36–218–01st NCAA Runner-Up
2010–11 Stanford 33–318–01st NCAA Final Four
2011–12 Stanford 35–218–01st NCAA Final Four
2012–13Stanford 33–317–1T–1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2013–14 Stanford 33–417–11st NCAA Final Four
2014–15 Stanford 26–1013–5T–3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2015–16 Stanford 27–814–43rd NCAA Elite Eight
2016–17 Stanford 32–615–3T-2nd NCAA Final Four
2017–18 Stanford 24–1114–32nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2018–19 Stanford 31–515–32nd NCAA Elite Eight
2019–20 Stanford 27–614–4T-2ndPostseason canceled due to COVID
2020–21 Stanford 31–219–21st NCAA Champions
2021–22 Stanford 32–416–01st NCAA Final Four
Stanford:1,005–208 (.829)548–91 (.858)
Total:1,157–259 (.817)

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Awards and honors


VanDerveer is also an avid piano player. [65] Her sister Heidi VanDerveer, who coached for several years with the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx and Seattle Storm, as well as Occidental College in Los Angeles, [66] is now the head coach at UC San Diego. [67]

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Kim Mulkey</span> Basketball player and coach

Kimberly Duane Mulkey is an American college basketball player and coach. She is the head coach for Louisiana State University's women's basketball team. A Pan-American gold medalist in 1983 and Olympic gold medalist in 1984, she became the first person in NCAA women's basketball history to win a national championship as a player, assistant coach, and head coach. She won three NCAA championships as the coach of Baylor in 2005, 2012, and 2019. Mulkey was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2020 and was also inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Kara Wolters</span> American basketball player (born 1975)

Kara Elizabeth Wolters is a retired American collegiate and professional basketball player and a current sports broadcaster. Standing at six feet seven inches (2.01 m) and nicknamed "Big Girl," she is the tallest player in University of Connecticut women's basketball history and one of the tallest women to ever play in the WNBA.. During her playing career, she was an NCAA national champion (1995), FIBA world champion (1998), WNBA champion (1999), and Olympic champion (2000) becoming one of 11 women with those accolades. She also won AP College Player of the Year in 1997

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Jennifer Azzi</span> Basketball player

Jennifer Lynn Azzi is a former basketball coach, most recently the head coach of the women's team at the University of San Francisco. Azzi is also a former collegiate and professional basketball player, as well as an Olympic and FIBA world champion. Azzi was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ruthie Bolton</span> American womens basketball player

Alice Ruth Bolton, known as Ruthie Bolton, is an American former professional women's basketball player. Born in Lucedale, Mississippi, she played at the collegiate, Olympic and professional levels of women's basketball. Bolton played in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) from 1997 through 2004 with the Sacramento Monarchs. She played collegiately at Auburn University, teaming with her older sister, Mae Ola Bolton. She was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011. Bolton has also served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army Reserves as a transportation officer.

Dena Head is an American retired women's basketball player. She is best remembered as the first player drafted in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).

Heidi Elizabeth VanDerveer is a women's basketball collegiate and professional coach. She is currently the women's basketball head coach at UC San Diego.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Katy Steding</span> American basketball player and coach

Kathryn Suzanne Steding is a former collegiate and professional basketball player. She is currently an assistant coach for the Stanford Cardinal women's basketball team.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">1992 NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament</span>

The 1992 NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament began on March 18 and ended on April 5. The tournament featured 48 teams. The Final Four consisted of Virginia, Stanford, Southwest Missouri State, and Western Kentucky, with Stanford defeating Western Kentucky 78–62 to win its second NCAA title. Stanford's Molly Goodenbour was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Nell Fortner</span> American basketball player and coach

Nell Fortner is the current women's college basketball coach at Georgia Tech. She is most well known for leading the 2000 Olympics team to a gold medal. She has received numerous awards including the 1997 National Coach of the Year, the 2000 USA Basketball Coach of the Year and the 2008 SEC Coach of the Year. In April 2018, she was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Muffet McGraw</span> American basketball coach

Ann "Muffet" McGraw is an American former college basketball coach, who served as the head women's basketball coach at Notre Dame from 1987 to 2020, compiling a 848–252 (.771) record over 33 seasons. She led her team to nine Final Fours, seven championship game appearances, and two National Championships in 2001 and 2018. McGraw was the sixth different Division I coach to win multiple NCAA titles, joining Geno Auriemma, Pat Summitt, Linda Sharp, Tara VanDerveer and Kim Mulkey

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Sylvia Hatchell</span>

Sylvia Rhyne Hatchell is a former American women's basketball coach, who last coached for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was the fifth with the most career wins in NCAA women's basketball history, behind former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer, and UConn coach Geno Auriemma. She competed with USA Basketball as the head coach of the 1994 Jones Cup Team that won the gold in Taipei. Hatchell was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004.

Daedra Janel Charles was an American women's basketball player and assistant coach at Tennessee. She was a member of the United States women's national basketball team that claimed the bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Charles attended the University of Tennessee. She twice helped Tennessee win the NCAA Women's Championship in 1989 and 1991. Charles was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Amy Tucker is the former associate head coach of the Stanford Cardinal women's basketball team under Tara VanDerveer, and served as interim co-coach during the 1995–1996 season.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Kayla Pedersen</span> American basketball player

Kayla Danielle Pedersen is an American basketball forward who is currently a free agent. She was selected 7th overall in the 2011 WNBA Draft. She was selected for the 2006 State Farm Holiday Classic all-tournament as a senior at Red Mountain High School in Arizona. After attending high school she went to Stanford University, where she had a highly successful career. She has a brother who is younger "Kyle Pedersen" who is a successful Science teacher at Gilbert HighSchool.

Valeria Olivia Whiting is a former collegiate and professional basketball player. She played center for the Stanford Cardinal women's basketball during her four years of pre-med study at Stanford. Among other collegiate honors, she was named Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Year two years in a row. She also played for several USA National teams as well as professional women's basketball teams.