Tara VanDerveer was asked after her team’s win over USC on Friday night about her selection as one of 12 finalists for the Naismith Hall of Fame.
“I guess means you’ve been at it a long time, you know what I mean. My grandparents are from Springfield, Massachusetts, so as a young girl, I’ve been there. I’m very familiar with it. That’s where my mother’s family is from. So, it’s a tremendous honor. It’s a little surreal, honestly.
“But it’s a reflection of the fact that I’ve coached great student-athletes and Olympians and I’ve worked in great places…and had a lot of support. Honestly, I was totally thinking about this game, thinking about doing really well tonight for our team. I’m kind of an in-the-moment person.”
Senior guard Jeanette Pohlen on her coach’s nomination:
“I think it’s long overdue and well-deserved. She is just a smart person when it comes to a game and what needs to be done. It was just a matter of time, I think.”
“That’s pretty big time. I didn’t know about it, so congrats coach. That’s awesome, definitely well-deserved…
Tara: “It’s just a nomination, Kayla…”
Kayla: “It’ll happen coach.”