Stanford Names First All-Female Hall of Fame Class, Highlighted by VanDerveer

Stanford will introduce its first all-female athletics Hall of Fame class in school history this fall, in a move it says is part of its 50th anniversary of the Title IX celebration.

Highlighted by women’s basketball coach Tara VanDerveer, Stanford will introduce 10 members to the Bing Auditorium on Sept. 9 before being publicly inducted at the soccer game against USC the following day.

In addition to VanDerveer, the class also includes six-time All-America track star Lisa Bernhagen Ramos, four-time NCAA champion swimmer Elaine Breeden Penrose, first-ever water polo champion Margie Dingeldein, 2011 USA Softball Player of the Year Ashley Hansen, NCAA champion gymnast Carly Janiga Reardon, WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike, two-time World Cup champion Christen Press and all-American golfer Sally Voss Krueger.

Linda R. Meier, founder of the Cardinal Club Women’s Athletics Scholarship Program, also receives special recognition. She was also the first woman to chair the Stanford Athletics Board and the only person to hold the title for two separate terms.

The group combined four NCAA titles and six individual titles overall, and all eight student athletes were multiple All-Americans.

VanDerveer herself has led the Cardinal to three national titles in basketball in her 36-year tenure.

Student athletes are eligible for induction 10 years after their last competitive season. Voss Kruegar is furthest from her time as an athlete, her senior year coming in 1979 when she was the California Women’s Amateur Champion. In 2018, she was inducted into the Northern California Golf Association Hall of Fame.

The most recent active student athletes are Ogwumike and Hansen, who both played until 2012. Ogwumike played 11 WNBA seasons for the Los Angeles Sparks after a Stanford career with four Final Four appearances under VanDerveer and four consecutive conference titles. She was the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2010 and 2012.

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