The Virginia Cavaliers known as Wahoos or Hoos, are the athletic teams representing the University of Virginia, located in Charlottesville. They compete at the NCAA Division I level, in the Atlantic Coast Conference since 1953. UVA, referred to as Virginia by the national media, fields one of the top athletics programs in the nation and was awarded the Capital One Cup for finishing first nationwide in overall men's sports for 2015; the Cavaliers have placed among the Top 5 nationally. Virginia has won an ACC-best 19 NCAA national championships in men's sports; the program has added seven NCAA national titles in women's sports for a grand total of 26 NCAA titles, second in the ACC. Standout programs include men's soccer, men's lacrosse, men's tennis and men's basketball. Women's rowing has added two recent NCAA titles. In addition to the 26 official NCAA national titles, the Cavaliers have won six in indoor men's tennis, two USILA titles for men's lacrosse, one AIAW title in women's indoor track and field, for 34 total team national titles.
Former football coach George Welsh ranks second for most wins in ACC history. Going further back, UVA men's boxing was a leading collegiate program when boxing was a major national sport in the first half of the 20th century, completing four consecutive undefeated seasons between 1932 and 1936; the Cavalier mascot represents a mounted swordsman, there are crossed swords or sabres in the official logo. An unofficial moniker, the “Wahoos”, or “Hoos” for short, based on the university's rallying cry "Wah-hoo-wah!" is commonly used. Though only used by the student body, both terms—“Wahoos” and “Hoos”—have come into widespread usage with the local media as well; the school colors, adopted in 1888, are navy blue. The athletic teams had worn grey and cardinal red but those colors did not show up well on dirty football fields as the school was sporting its first team. A mass meeting of the student body was called, a star player showed up wearing a navy blue and orange scarf he had brought back from a University of Oxford summer rowing expedition.
The colors were chosen when another student pulled the scarf from the player's neck, waved it to the crowd and yelled: "How will this do?" When boxing was a major collegiate sport, Virginia's teams boxed in Memorial Gymnasium and went undefeated on a six-year run between 1932 and 1937, winning an unofficial national championship in 1938. On December 4, 1953, the University of Virginia joined the Atlantic Coast Conference as the league’s eighth member, its men's basketball team has seven times been part of the NCAA Elite Eight, three times advancing to the Final Four. The baseball team has appeared in the CWS four times; the football team has twice been honored as ACC Co-Champions. The soccer and lacrosse programs have both been tremendously successful; the men's soccer team has won four consecutively. The men's lacrosse team has won seven national titles, while the women have claimed three. Women's cross country won national titles in 1981 and 1982; the men's tennis team won the national championships in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017.
In 2015, Virginia was named the nation's top athletics program for NCAA men's sports by virtue of winning the Capital One Cup, awarded to Stanford University for women's sports. In 2019, the men's basketball team qualified for the NCAA final four tournament for the first time in 35 years; the Cavalier Song is the University of Virginia's fight song. The song was a result of a contest held in 1923 by the university; the Cavalier Song, with lyrics by Lawrence Haywood Lee, Jr. and music by Fulton Lewis, Jr. was selected as the winner. The second half of the song is played during sporting events; the Good Ole Song dates to 1893 and, is the de facto alma mater. It is set to the music of Auld Lang Syne and is sung after each victory in every sport, after each touchdown in football. John Paul Jones Arena opened in the Fall of 2006 and is the current venue for the men's and women's basketball teams; the previous facility, University Hall, was the smallest in the ACC until the addition of Miami to the conference.
At its recent height in the 1980s, the men's basketball team was better than perennial power Duke and second only to UNC in that decade's cumulative ACC standings. The 1990s and 2000s have seen a bit of a slide for the program to the middle of the pack in the conference, but the hiring of coach Dave Leitao along with the 2006 opening of John Paul Jones Arena led to a short return to prominence, with the 2006-2007 team winning a share of the ACC regular season title and making it to the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament; the new arena is one of the three largest on-campus facilities in the Atlantic Coast Conference, with the only bigger arenas belonging to universities with far greater student populations. Dave Leitao was fired following the 2008-2009 season, Tony Bennett, the head coach of the Washington State Cougars, was hired; the 2013–14 season saw the Cavaliers win their first 30-win seas
UMass Minutemen and Minutewomen
The UMass Minutemen are the athletic teams that represent the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Minutemen and Minutewomen compete in NCAA Division I sports competition as members of the Atlantic 10 Conference. UMass is one of only 16 universities in the nation that plays Division I FBS football and Division I men's ice hockey; the nickname is applied to club teams that do not participate within the NCAA structure. When athletic teams were first fielded by Massachusetts Agricultural College, the popular nickname was "Statesmen", in honor of the roles of Massachusetts statesmen in the founding of the country. Although "Aggies" was used, by 1948 the school, which had changed its name to the University of Massachusetts the year before, decided a new nickname was in order. From the leading choices, Redmen was chosen, both for the roles Native Americans served in the history of the Commonwealth and for their "strength and fierceness in defending his lands."However, by 1972, Native Americans in the region were calling the choice of nickname into question for the derogatory connotations of the name.
The administration began requesting that the name be used as little as possible, by the end of the 1972 spring semester, the Board of Trustees chose to change the nickname to Minutemen, one of the choices, a finalist in 1948. The name was chosen for its ties to the history of the Commonwealth, as the Minutemen were instrumental in the early stages of the American Revolution. Though there was some controversy in the 1990s over the mascot being perceived as "a symbol of oppression," the mascot has remained the Minutemen and Minutewomen; the school's colors are white. Its mascot is a colonial based on the Concord Minute Man's imagery. A primary member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, the University of Massachusetts sponsors teams in ten men's and eleven women's NCAA sanctioned sports, with the ice hockey program competing in the Hockey East Association and men's lacrosse in the Colonial Athletic Association. Initiated in 1877, the baseball team was Yankee Conference champions in 1952, 1957, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1980, Atlantic 10 champions in 1980, 1994, 1995, 1996.
They reached the NCAA tournament in 1954, 1955, 1956, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1978, 1995, 1996, the College World Series in 1954 and 1969. The team, since the termination of many men's teams in 1996 at Boston University, has become the fourth team in the baseball version of the Beanpot tournament held at Fenway Park; the baseball team plays its home games at Earl Lorden Field. UMass has had 17 players reach the major leagues; the best known are starting pitcher Mike Flanagan, relief pitcher Jeff Reardon, shortstop Gary DiSarcina, relief pitcher Ron Villone. UMass played its first varsity basketball game in 1900. Today, the Minutemen are members of the Atlantic 10 basketball conference, of which it was regular season co-Champion in 2007; this marked the first time it won or shared the league title since the last of its five consecutive Atlantic 10 championships in 1996. During the 1990s, the men's basketball team was known as one of the finest in the nation, holding the number one ranking in national polls for extended periods.
Under the leadership of then-head coach John Calipari and players such as 1996 National Player of the Year Marcus Camby, Harper Williams and Lou Roe, the Minutemen participated in the NCAA Tournament each year between 1992 and 1998, reached the Final Four in 1996. However, a subsequent NCAA investigation found that Camby illegally accepted a total of $28,000 from sports agents that were attempting to lure him into the NBA Draft after his Sophomore season, the school was forced to vacate its Final Four appearance as well as return their 1996 NCAA Final Four trophy. Camby repaid the school the $151,000 in lost Final Four revenue that came as a result of the NCAA's ruling. While a Final Four banner still hangs from the rafters of the Mullins Center in defiance of the NCAA's ruling, the appearance is marked with an asterisk in official record books though it was noted that there was no institutional wrongdoing. First played in 1905 and held annually since 1995, UMass' basketball rivalry with Boston College is called the "Commonwealth Classic."
Notable UMass basketball alumni include Camby, Basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, Boston College head coach Al Skinner. Camby, Williams, Stéphane Lasme and Gary Forbes were each named Atlantic 10 player of the year. Derek Kellogg was a point guard for the Umass Minutemen from 1992 to 1995, he played under John Calipari and was an assistant coach for the Memphis Tigers before becoming a head coach at his alma mater. Kellogg coached from 2008–2017; the women's basketball program began in 1968. They have reached the Women's NIT in 1995 and the NCAA Tournament in 1996 and 1998. Former players Tamara and Alisha Tatham competed for Team Canada in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Another notable player is Rashida Timbilla, now one of the all-time greatest players in program history, she played for Umass Amherst from 2012 to 2016. Timbilla along with Jennifer Butler were the only two players to reach 1,000 rebounds in Umass women's basketball history. Timbilla was ranked among the program's top-10 lists in 14 different categories.
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William Wallace Guthridge was an American college basketball coach. Guthridge gained recognition after serving for 30 years as Dean Smith's assistant at the University of North Carolina. Following Dean Smith's retirement in 1997, Guthridge served as head coach of the Tar Heels for three seasons, he took the team to the NCAA Final Four twice in his three seasons and was named national coach of the year in 1998, before retiring in 2000. Guthridge was born in Kansas, he attended Kansas State University, graduated with a B. S. in Mathematics in 1960 and an M. A. in Education in 1963. He was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. While a student at Kansas State, Guthridge played guard under head coach Fred "Tex" Winter, helped the team advance to the 1958 Final Four. After graduating from Kansas State, he coached at Scott City High School in Kansas for two seasons before returning to his alma mater as an assistant coach for Tex Winter from 1962-1967. In five years on Winter's staff, Guthridge helped lead the Wildcats to a 93-43 record, a pair of Big Eight Conference crowns and the 1964 NCAA Final Four.
He was head golf coach for the Wildcats. Following his stint at Kansas State, Guthridge moved to North Carolina to join the staff of fellow Kansas native Dean Smith. From 1972 onward, he was Smith's top assistant. In 1976, he served as an assistant coach to Smith as the United States won the gold medal in men's basketball at the Summer Olympics in Montreal; as an assistant, Guthridge was renowned for his success in coaching the fundamentals of pivot play to a long series of successful UNC big men, as the Tar Heels' primary shooting coach. Guthridge handled many day-to-day responsibilities in the program and oversaw UNC's summer basketball camps. While serving as an assistant coach, Guthridge turned down several head coaching opportunities, preferring to remain in Chapel Hill working alongside Smith. On one occasion, he accepted the head coaching post at Penn State, but stepped down from the post a few days later. Dean Smith unexpectedly retired as head basketball coach at North Carolina just two months before the start of the 1997–98 season, Guthridge was named his successor.
School officials stressed that Guthridge was not a placeholder for then-Kansas coach Roy Williams, signing him to a five-year contract. In his three seasons as head coach Guthridge led the Tar Heels to the NCAA Final Four twice, in 1998 and again in 2000, he is one of five people to have appeared in the Final Four as both a coach. In 1998, Guthridge inherited a team, to the 1997 Final Four the previous year under Smith. With a wealth of returning talent, Guthridge instituted a "six starters" system, whereby the team's top six players, Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter, Ed Cota, Shammond Williams, Ademola Okulaja and Makhtar N'Diaye rotated positions in the starting five. Guthridge coached that team to the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship, a school record-tying 34 wins and an appearance in the Final Four, where they lost to Utah. Following the 1997–98 season, several organizations named him National Coach of the Year and he received the Naismith College Coach of the Year award; the next season, the team earned a #3 seed in the 1999 NCAA tournament, but it was upset in the first round by Weber State – as of the 2016-17 season, the only time that the Tar Heels have failed to win a game in the tournament since it dropped first-round byes in 1982.
In 2000, the Tar Heels struggled in the regular season, falling out of the polls for the first time since the start of the 1990-91 season. The team finished 18-13 – UNC's worst regular-season record in 11 years. However, the team came alive in the 2000 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. With the 8th seed in the South Region, they upset top-seeded Stanford in the second round and continued on to the Final Four, where the Tar Heels lost to Florida. After the 2000 season, Guthridge retired from coaching. Guthridge was involved in a total of 14 men's Final Fours as either a player or coach, more than any other person in history—one each as a player and assistant at Kansas State, 10 as a North Carolina assistant, two as North Carolina head coach, he died at his home on May 12, 2015 alongside his family. List of NCAA Division I Men's Final Four appearances by coach North Carolina profile
Dean Edwards Smith was an American men's college basketball head coach. Called a "coaching legend" by the Basketball Hall of Fame, he coached for 36 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Smith coached from 1961 to 1997 and retired with 879 victories, the NCAA Division I men's basketball record at that time. Smith had the 9th highest winning percentage of any men's college basketball coach. During his tenure as head coach, North Carolina won two national championships and appeared in 11 Final Fours. Smith played college basketball at the University of Kansas, where he won a national championship in 1952 playing for Hall of fame coach Phog Allen. Smith was best known for running a clean program and having a high graduation rate, with 96.6% of his athletes receiving their degrees. While at North Carolina, Smith helped promote desegregation by recruiting the university's first African-American scholarship basketball player, Charlie Scott, pushing for equal treatment for African Americans by local businesses.
Smith coached and worked with numerous people at North Carolina who achieved notable success in basketball, as players, coaches, or both. Smith retired in 1997, saying that he was not able to give the team the same level of enthusiasm that he had given it for years. After retiring, Smith used his influence to help various charitable ventures and liberal political activities, but in his latter years he suffered from advanced dementia and ceased most public activities. Dean Smith was born in Emporia, Kansas, on February 28, 1931. Both of his parents were public school teachers. Smith's father, coached the Emporia High Spartans basketball team to the 1934 state title in Kansas; this 1934 team was notable for having the first African American basketball player in Kansas tournament history. While at Topeka High School, Smith lettered in basketball all four years and was named all-state in basketball as a senior. Smith's interest in sports was not limited only to basketball. Smith played quarterback for his high school football team and catcher for the high school baseball team.
After graduating from high school, Smith attended the University of Kansas on an academic scholarship where he majored in mathematics and joined Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. While at Kansas, Smith continued his interest in sports by playing varsity basketball, varsity baseball, freshman football, was a member of the Air Force ROTC detachment. During his time on the varsity basketball team, Kansas won the national championship in 1952 and were NCAA tournament finalists in 1953. Smith's basketball coach during his time at Kansas was Phog Allen, coached at the University of Kansas by the inventor of basketball, James Naismith. After graduation, Smith served as assistant coach at Kansas in the 1953–54 season. Smith next served a stint in the United States Air Force in Germany working as a head coach of United States Air Force Academy's baseball and golf teams. Yet, Smith's big break would come in the United States. In 1958, North Carolina coach Frank McGuire asked Smith to join his staff as an assistant coach.
Smith served under McGuire for three years until 1961, when McGuire was forced to resign by Chancellor William Aycock in the wake of a major recruiting scandal, an NCAA mandated probation. Years Aycock recalled that McGuire came to his office on a Saturday and told him he was resigning. Smith was waiting in McGuire's car outside South Building, so Aycock called him in and asked him if he wanted to take over as head coach. Smith accepted, the hiring was formally announced the following Monday; when Aycock named Smith as head coach, he told the 30-year-old Smith that wins and losses didn't matter as much as running a clean program and representing the university well. The Atlantic Coast Conference had canceled the Dixie Classic, an annual basketball tournament in Raleigh, North Carolina, due to a national point-shaving scandal including a North Carolina player; as a result of the scandal, North Carolina de-emphasized basketball by cutting their regular-season schedule. In Smith's first season, North Carolina played only 17 games and went 8-9.
This was the only losing season. In 1965, he was famously hanged in effigy on the university campus following a disappointing loss to Wake Forest. After that game, UNC would win nine of their last eleven games, Smith would subsequently go on to turn the program into a consistent success. From 1965-66 onward, Smith's teams never finished worse than tied for third in the ACC. For the first 21 of those years, they did not finish worse than a tie for second. By comparison, during that time the ACC's other charter members each finished last at least once, his first major successes came in the late 1960s, when his teams won consecutive regular-season and ACC tournament championships, went to three straight Final Fours, going all the way to the national championship game in 1968. They would appear in either the NIT in every one of Smith's final 31 years in Chapel Hill. However, this run occurred in the middle of UCLA's stretch of 10 titles in 12 years, in fact Smith lost to UCLA's John Wooden in the 1968 title game.
Smith's first national championship occurred with his 1981–82 team, composed of future NBA players such as Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Sam Perkins. After winning the NCAA Tournament, North Carolina had a record of 32-2; the other teams that advanced with North Carolina were Georgetown and Louisville. The Tar Heels finished in a tie for first in the ACC regular season with the Ralph Sampson-led Virginia Cavaliers. In the semifinals, North Carolina defeated Houston 68-63 in New Orleans
The Iowa Hawkeyes are the athletic teams that represent the University of Iowa, located in Iowa City, Iowa. The Hawkeyes have 11 for men and 13 for women; the teams participate in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and are members of the Big Ten Conference. The school's athletic director is Gary Barta. Iowa has been successful in wrestling, with 34 team Big Ten championships and 23 team national championships; the Hawkeyes have won national championships in five other sports: men's gymnastics, field hockey and women's track and field. In basketball, Iowa has reached the Final Four on four occasions; the men's team has done this three times, most in 1980, while the women's team has done it once, in 1993. The baseball team has reached the College World Series once, in 1972. Iowa's softball team has played in the Women's College World Series on four occasions, most in 2001. Football home games are played at Kinnick Stadium, while basketball, gymnastics and wrestling events are held at Carver–Hawkeye Arena.
The school's baseball team plays at Duane Banks Field and the softball team plays at Bob Pearl Softball Field. The University of Iowa fields 24 varsity teams, competing in the Big Ten Conference. Iowa began playing baseball in 1890, when the Hawkeyes went a combined 2–1 against two teams and Vinton. To date, Iowa has won eight Big Ten titles, hasIowa earned its way to the CWS at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha with a 13–3 Big Ten record, still the best Big Ten winning percentage in Iowa baseball history; that record included an 11-game Big Ten winning streak. It was Iowa's first outright Big Ten baseball title since 1939, the last one since, although the Hawkeyes did earn ties for the conference championship in 1974 and 1990, but that 1972 Iowa team fought its way to Omaha the hard way, losing its first game in the regional tournament winning doubleheaders on consecutive days on the campus of Bowling Green University in Ohio. Lose one of those four games, Iowa goes home. In 1972, only conference champions competed for the eight World Series berths.
The Hawkeyes opened the 1972 CWS against #1-ranked Arizona State, who entered the game with an incredible record of 60 wins and only 4 losses. But Iowa, a huge underdog, outhit the Sun Devils 8–3 only to lose, 2–1. Iowa had the tying run thrown out at the plate in the 9th inning, left another runner at third as the final out was made. Iowa had threatened in the 7th with a lead-off double, but could not score; the Hawkeyes played in the losers' bracket the next day against Temple. But after taking a 6–2 lead into the sixth inning, the Hawkeyes ended up being knocked out of the Series with a 12–8 loss. Arizona State lost the championship game that year to Southern Cal; the Hawkeyes finished ranked No. 9 in the nation, still the highest national ranking in the history of Iowa Hawkeye baseball. Future Major Leaguer Jim Sundberg, catcher from Galesburg, Ill. was one of the team leaders. The Hawkeyes featured several Iowans in the starting lineup, including Tom Hurn, Mike Kielkopf, Brad Trickey, along with the top two starting pitchers, Mark Tschopp and Bill Heckroth.
Iowa plays its home games at Duane Banks Field, whose namesake is the winningest baseball coach in school history. Rick Heller replaced Jack Dahm as the Hawkeyes' head baseball coach in 2013. In his first season in Iowa City, Heller helped guide the Hawkeyes to a 9–1 start—the program's best start since 1940—a Big Ten Tournament berth and conference tournament win. Iowa finished the year with a 30–23 record for just the third 30-win season since 1993; the 30 victories are the most by a first-year coach in Iowa history. Men's basketball as a varsity sport at the University of Iowa began in 1902, but it was on January 18, 1896, that Iowa played the University of Chicago in the first five-on-five college basketball game; the Maroons won that game, 15–12. Six years men's basketball became a sanctioned varsity sport under head coach Ed Rule. Rule coached the Hawkeyes in four non-consecutive seasons until 1908. Iowa began competing in Big Ten games in 1909, since the Hawkeyes have won eight regular season Big Ten championships, the last in 1979.
Iowa's first Big Ten title came under coach Sam Barry. Barry led the Hawkeyes to their second conference championship in 1926. Following Rollie Williams' 13 seasons, which lasted until 1942, Pops Harrison became coach. Harrison coached at Iowa until 1951, leading the Hawkeyes to their first unshared Big Ten championship in 1945; the most-successful time period in Iowa basketball came under head coach Bucky O'Connor, who coached at Iowa until his death in 1958. Under O'Connor, the Hawkeyes played in two Final Four events, while winning two unshared Big Ten championships. Iowa played in the national championship game against San Francisco in 1956, but lost by 12 after taking an early double-digit lead; the Hawkeyes played in a third Final Four in 1980, have won the Big Ten Tournament twice since its 1998 inception, in 2001 and 2006. Iowa's current coach is Fran McCaffery, who coached at Siena College before coming to Iowa in 2010; the Hawkeyes have played their home games in Carver–Hawkeye Arena since 1983.
The Hawkeyes' men's cross country team won team Big Ten titles in 1961 and 1966 and have had nine individual Big Ten champions, most with Larry Wieczorek in 1967. Wieczorek's time in the 8,000 meter race still stands as the sixth-quickest time in school histo
Tara Ann VanDerveer is an American basketball coach, 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 two NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championships: in 1990 and 1992, 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. VanDerveer is a ten-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year, she is one of only nine NCAA Women's Basketball coaches to win over 900 games, one of ten NCAA Division I coaches – men's or women's – to win 1,000 games. VanDerveer was born on June 26, 1953, to Dunbar and Rita VanDerveer, who named their first child "Tara" after the plantation in Gone with the Wind, she was born in Melrose, Massachusetts, a part of Greater Boston, but grew up in a small town in West Hill, near Schenectady, New York. Her parents were interested in a well-rounded education, her father was studying for a doctorate at the school now known as the University at Albany.
He took the family to Chautauqua in the summer. At the age of ten, her parents bought her a flute, arranged for lessons. Two years one of the premier flutists in the world was staying in Chautauqua, her father arranged for lessons with this distinguished teacher. Although she learned to play, she did not enjoy the experience, gave up the flute in ninth grade; the love of music stayed with her though, in years she would take up the piano. There were no sports teams for girls when she was in high school, but she played a number of sports including basketball, in rec leagues and pickup; when she was younger, she played with both 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, her father wasn't supportive of her basketball interest, calling her in from the neighbor's basketball hoop, telling her, "Basketball won't take you anywhere.
Come in and do your algebra." Tara was certain that algebra wasn't going to take her anywhere. Her family moved to Niagara Falls in her sophomore year in high school; the house in West Hill had a gravel driveway, making a basketball hoop impractical, but her parents got her a hoop for Christmas when they were in Niagara Falls. By she thought she was too old for basketball, although she would take it 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. VanDerveer was determined to play basketball in college, her first choice was Mount Holyoke, but as one of five children, it wasn't financially possible for her to attend Mount Holyoke, so she chose Albany where her father had studied for his doctorate. It wasn't a great team; the team turned out not be challenging enough. Although a guard, she jumped center, led the team in many categories, despite being the 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, decided where she wanted to go. She chose Indiana where she transferred and spent three years, making the Dean's List each of the three years. 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. At that time, the men's basketball team at Indiana was coached by future Hall of Fame coach Bobby Knight. While Knight was not a direct influence on VanDerveer's choice of school, he may have been had an indirect effect; the Indiana women's coach, Bea Gorton, patterned her style of play and practices after Knight, it was the observation of the style of play at the AIAW event that persuaded her to choose Indiana. The effect would become more direct; because Gorton designed her practices based upon what she observed from Knight, VanDerveer started attending Knight's practices to see what she would be doing that day in practice.
VanDerveer carried. 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, by the time Marie reached high school, the school had basketball teams for girls. The experience was exasperating in some ways, as the girls did not take it but VanDerveer realized coaching was something she loved. VanDerveer sent out resumes to twenty schools, looking for a graduate assistant job, an unpaid position, she only got two responses, one of, for Ohio State, where the athletic director had remembered her from Indiana. To prepare herself, she attended; when she had attended his practices, she had stayed out of sight, but enrolled in a class, she followed her parents advice and sat up front. One of the coaches asked. Knight embarrassed her with one of his questions, but she didn't stop attending, although she moved back a few rows.
She was hired as an assistant coach to the varsity and the head coach of the JV. 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 ass
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an American history museum and hall of fame, located at 1000 Hall of Fame Avenue in Springfield, Massachusetts. It serves as the sport's most complete library, in addition to promoting and preserving the history of basketball. Dedicated to Canadian-American physician and inventor of the sport James Naismith, it was opened and inducted its first class in 1959; as of the induction of the Class of 2018, the Hall has formally inducted 389 individuals. The Naismith Hall of Fame was established in 1959 by Lee Williams, a former athletic director at Colby College. In the 1960s, the Basketball Hall of Fame struggled to raise enough money for the construction of its first facility. However, during the following half-decade the necessary amount was raised, the building opened on Feb. 17, 1968, less than one month after the National Basketball Association played its 18th All-Star Game. The Basketball Hall of Fame's Board named four inductees in its first year.
In addition to honoring those who contributed to basketball, the Hall of Fame sought to make contributions of its own. In 1979, the Hall of Fame sponsored a pre-season college basketball exhibition; this Tip-Off Classic has been the start to the college basketball season since, although it does not always take place in Springfield, Massachusetts it returns every few years. In the 17 years that the original Basketball Hall of Fame operated at Springfield College, it drew more than 630,000 visitors; the popularity of the Basketball Hall of Fame necessitated that a new facility be constructed, in 1985, an $11 million facility was built beside the scenic Connecticut River in Springfield. As the new hall opened, it recognized women for the first time, with inductees such as Senda Berenson Abbott, who first introduced basketball to women at Smith College. During the years following its construction, the Basketball Hall of Fame's second facility drew far more visitors than anticipated, due in large part to the increasing popularity of the game but to the scenic location beside the river and the second Hall's interesting modern architecture.
In 2002, the Basketball Hall of Fame moved again—albeit 100 yards south along Springfield's riverfront—into a $47 million facility designed by renowned architects Gwathmey Siegel & Associates. The building's architecture features a metallic silver, basketball-shaped sphere flanked by two symmetrical rhombuses; the dome is illuminated at night and features 80,000 square foot, including numerous restaurants and an extensive gift shop. The second Basketball Hall of Fame was not torn down but rather converted into an LA Fitness health clubs; the current Basketball Hall of Fame features Center Court, a full-sized basketball court on which visitors can play. Inside the building there are a game gallery, many interactive exhibits, several theaters, an honor ring of inductees. A large theater for ceremonies seats up to 300; the honorees inducted in 2002 included the Harlem Globetrotters and Magic Johnson, a five-time NBA champion, three-time NBA finals MVP and Olympic gold medalist. As of 2011, the current Basketball Hall of Fame has exceeded attendance expectations, with basketball fans traveling to the Hall of Fame from all over the world.
Despite the new facility's success, a logistical problem remains for the Basketball Hall of Fame and the City of Springfield. The two entities are separated by the Interstate 91 elevated highway—one of the eastern United States' busiest highways—which inhibits foot-traffic and other interaction between the Basketball Hall of Fame and Springfield's lively Metro Center. Both the Hall and Springfield have made public statements about cooperating further so as to facilitate more business and recreational growth for both. Urban planners at universities such as UMass Amherst have called for the I-91 to be moved, or to be re-configured so as to be pedestrian-friendly to Hall of Fame visitors. In 2010, the Urban Land Institute announced a plan to make the walk between Springfield's Metro Center and the Hall of Fame easier. In contrast to the Pro Football and the National Baseball Halls of Fame, Springfield honors international and American professionals, as well as American and international amateurs, making it arguably the most comprehensive Hall of Fame among major sports.
From 2011 to 2015 seven committees were, as of 2016 six committees are employed to both screen and elect candidates. Four of the committees screen prospective candidates: North American Screening Committee Women's Screening Committee International Screening Committee Veterans Screening Committee, with "Veterans" defined as individuals whose careers ended at least 35 years before they are considered for election. Since 2011, the Veterans and International Committees vote to directly induct one candidate for each induction class. Three committees were formed in 2011 to directly elect one candidate for each induction class: American Basketball Association Committee - This committee was permanently disbanded in 2015 because it had fulfilled its purpose over the previous five years. Contributor Direct Election Committee Other committees may choose to elect contributors. For example, the 2014 class included two contributors. Early African-American Pioneers of the Game CommitteeIndividuals who receive at least seven votes from the North American Screening Committee or five votes from one of the other screening committees in a given year are eligible to advance to an Honors Committee, composed of 12 members plus rotating groups of 12 specialists (one group for