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• Two-time WBCA West Region Coach of the Year (2018, 2019)
• Four-time CCAA Coach of the Year (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
• UC San Diego Excellence in Coaching Award (2019)
Heidi VanDerveer enters her eighth season as head coach of the UC San Diego's women's basketball program in 2019-20, after being named the sixth coach in school history on May 25, 2012. A former WNBA coach, Olympic team scout and assistant for the legendary Pat Summitt at the University of Tennessee, VanDerveer has coached the likes of Sue Bird, Candace Parker, Lisa Leslie, Diana Taurasi and several other women's basketball superstars.
VanDerveer was named Women's Basketball Coaches' Association (WBCA) West Region Coach of the Year for the second year in a row in 2018-19, as well as California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Coach of the Year for the fourth-straight season. The Tritons began the year with a program-record 30-game winning streak, won the CCAA regular-season title for the fourth-straight season and earned the CCAA Tournament championship. UC San Diego became the first CCAA team to finish the regular season undefeated and was ranked No. 2 in the WBCA Top 25 Coaches' Poll for seven-consecutive weeks. In the process, Mikayla Williams was named WBCA All-America First Team as well as CCAA Player of the Year, and was joined by Joleen Yang as First-Team All-CCAA.
In 2017-18, VanDerveer led the Tritons to a 28-5 overall record and 21-1 mark in conference play en route to earning WBCA West Region Coach of the Year honors. UC San Diego won the CCAA regular-season championship for the third-straight year, making its third-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Senior forward Dalayna Sampton was named CCAA Player of the Year and received both WBCA All-America Honorable Mention and Division 2 Conference Commissioners Association (CCA) First-Team accolades. In addition, sophomore forward Mikayla Williams was an All-CCAA First-Team honoree and garnered D2CCA Second-Team recognition, while junior transfer Kayla Sato landed on the All-CCAA Second Team.
VanDerveer earned CCAA Coach of the Year honors for the second year in a row in 2016-17. The Tritons posted a 23-7 overall record and a 17-3 CCAA mark en route to a second-consecutive CCAA regular-season title and a No. 4-seed in the NCAA West Regional. UC San Diego had three players land on All-CCAA teams, including Beth Mounier, Dalayna Sampton and Cassie MacLeod. Sampton was also honored as CCAA Newcomer of the Year.
VanDerveer was named the 2015-16 CCAA Coach of the Year after guiding the Tritons to an 18-2 conference mark and a share of the CCAA regular season title. UC San Diego finished the season with a 26-5 overall record and made an appearance in the NCAA West Regional Final, one game shy of reaching the Elite Eight. UC San Diego had four players named All-CCAA in Beth Mounier, Taylor Tanita, Jamie Katuna and Farrah Shokoor. Shokoor was named conference Player of the Year, an All-American by both the WBCA and CCA, as well as an Academic All-American.
In 2014-15, VanDerveer coached UC San Diego to an 18-10 record and 16-6 mark in the conference, finishing fourth in the CCAA and qualifying for the conference tournament. Farrah Shokoor earned All-CCAA First-Team honors while Miranda Seto and McKennan Bertsch were named honorable mention. In addition, Shokoor was honored with a spot on the Daktronics All-West Region Second Team.
In 2013-14, VanDerveer led UC San Diego to a 16-11 overall record as Miranda Seto and Erin Dautremont earned All-CCAA accolades.
In her first season leading the Tritons in 2012-13, VanDerveer's team posted a 22-11 overall record and placed second in the CCAA with a 17-5 mark. UC San Diego won its first-ever CCAA Tournament championship and qualified for NCAA postseason play for the eighth time since joining the NCAA Division II ranks in 2000. Daisy Feder was named the CCAA's Most Valuable Player, while Erin Dautremont and Emily Osga joined her as league first-team selections. Feder also earned Daktronics All-West Region First Team accolades.
VanDerveer came to La Jolla following an impressive stint at Division III Occidental, where she compiled an overall record of 84-25 (.771) and led the Tigers to four straight Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) titles during her four seasons. She also guided Occidental to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances -- including the program's first-ever NCAA berth in her first season in 2008-09. VanDerveer went 50-6 (.893) in SCIAC play, amassing the highest conference winning percentage of any coach in league history. She coached three all-conference selections in 2011-12, including SCIAC Player of the Year Makenzie Brandon, who led the league in scoring at 18.1 points per game.
VanDerveer has over two decades of experience at both the collegiate and professional levels. She began her coaching career as a graduate assistant at Tennessee under Summit in 1986 and helped guide the Lady Volunteers to the 1987 NCAA National Championship and a Final Four appearance in 1988.
She then spent six seasons as an assistant at the University of South Carolina from 1988-94, where she helped lead the Gamecocks to three NCAA Tournament appearances.
VanDerveer served as the head women's basketball coach at Eastern Washington University for three seasons from 1994-97. Her tenure was highlighted by back-to-back Big Sky Conference Tournament appearances in 1995 and 1996.
After her stint at Eastern Washington, VanDerveer spent 12 years working in the WNBA, beginning with an assistant coaching position with the Sacramento Monarchs in 1997. She was later promoted to head coach before the 1998-99 season and went on to work with the Minnesota Lynx as both an assistant (1999-2002) and head coach (2002). She was an WNBA scout from 2003-05 and served as an assistant with the Seattle Storm in 2006 and 2007.
VanDerveer moved back to the collegiate ranks as an assistant at the University of San Francisco in 2004-05 and was named the head coach of the program just four games into the season. She also served as the video coordinator for two seasons under her Hall of Fame big sister Tara VanDerveer at Stanford, and was the associate head coach at San Diego State under longtime Aztecs coach Beth Burns for one season prior to taking the job at Occidental.
In addition to her collegiate and professional experience, VanDerveer worked with USA Basketball as a scout for the 2006 World Championship team and the 2008 World Qualifying Tournament. Most recently, she served as a scout for the 2008 Olympic Team that won a Gold medal in Beijing.
VanDerveer graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor's Degree in political science in 1986 and went on to earn her Master's in physical education and sports psychology from the University of Tennessee in 1988. She was a four-year letterwinner on the basketball team at Charleston and served as a team captain as a junior and a senior.