Heidi VanDerveer

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Heidi VanDerveer
Sport(s) Women's basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team UC San Diego
Conference CCAA
Record 82–37 (.689)
Biographical details
Born (1964-02-11) February 11, 1964 (age 53)
Chautauqua, New York
Playing career
1982–1986 College of Charleston
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1987–1988 Tennessee (asst.)
1988–1994 South Carolina (asst.)
1994–1996 Eastern Washington
1997 Sacramento Monarchs (asst.)
1997–1998 Sacramento Monarchs
1999–2002 Minnesota Lynx (asst.)
2002 Minnesota Lynx
2004–2005 San Francisco (asst.)
2006–2007 Seattle Storm (asst.)
2007–2008 San Diego State (assoc. HC)
2008–2012 Occidental
2012–present UC San Diego
Head coaching record
Overall 190–118 (college)
17–39 (WNBA)
Tournaments 2–2 (NCAA D-II)
0–2 (NCAA D-III)
Accomplishments and honors
  • CCAA regular season (2016)
  • SCIAC (2009, 2011)
  • 4× SCIAC regular season (2009–12)

Heidi Elizabeth VanDerveer (born February 11, 1964)[1] is a women's basketball collegiate and professional coach. She is currently the women's basketball head coach at UC San Diego.

A native of Chautauqua, New York, VanDerveer was a four-year letter-winner in basketball at the College of Charleston from 1982–86, serving as team captain as senior and graduating in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in political science and English. She also has a master's degree in physical education and sports psychology from the University of Tennessee.

VanDerveer began her coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee under Pat Summitt. She then served as an assistant at the University of South Carolina, before taking the head coaching job at Eastern Washington University.

VanDerveer made the jump to the WNBA in 1997, joining the staff of the Sacramento Monarchs. She became head coach in 1997, and served in that role through 1998. In 1999, she joined on as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Lynx, and took over as coach after the resignation of Brian Agler.

VanDerveer worked as a scout and an assistant coach at the University of San Francisco, briefly serving as head coach, before returning to the WNBA in 2006 as an assistant with the Seattle Storm. In 2008, she took over as head coach at Occidental College. In 2012 VanDerveer became the head coach of the UCSD women's basketball team. She was named the 2015-16 CCAA Coach of the Year.

She is the younger sister of Tara VanDerveer, the longtime head coach of the Stanford University's women's basketball team.

Head coaching record[edit]


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Eastern Washington Eagles[2] (Big Sky Conference) (1994–1997)
1994–95 Eastern Washington 12–15 8–6 4th
1995–96 Eastern Washington 7–20 5–9 6th
1996–97 Eastern Washington 5–21 2–14 T–8th
Eastern Washington: 24–55 (.304) 15–29 (.326)
Occidental Tigers (Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (2008–2012)
2008–09 Occidental 22–6 12–2 1st[3] NCAA D-III First Round[4]
2009–10 Occidental 21–6 12–2 T–1st[5]
2010–11 Occidental 19–9 12–2 1st[6] NCAA D-III First Round[7]
2011–12 Occidental 22–4 13–1 1st[8]
Occidental: 84–25 (.771) 49–7 (.875)
UC San Diego Tritons (California Collegiate Athletic Association) (2012–present)
2012–13 UC San Diego 22–11 17–5 2nd[9] NCAA D-II First Round
2013–14 UC San Diego 16–11 13–9 T–3rd[9]
2014–15 UC San Diego 18–10 16–6 4th
2015–16 UC San Diego 26–5 18–2 T–1st[10] NCAA D-II Third Round
2016-17 UC San Diego 23-7 17-3 1st[11] NCAA D-II First Round
UC San Diego: 105–44 (.705) 81–25 (.764)
Total: 213–125 (.630)

      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


Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Sacramento* 1997 13 5 8 .385 3rd in Western
Sacramento 1998 30 8 22 .267 4th in Western
Minnesota** 2002 13 4 9 .308 8th in Western
Career 56 17 39 .304

* VanDerveer took over as interim head coach after Mary Murphy was fired with a 5–10 record. Sacramento's total record in 1997 was 10–18.
** VanDerveer took over as interim head coach after Brian Agler was fired with a 6–13 record. Minnesota's total record in 2002 was 10–22.


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