Tara VanDerveer seems to be the most underrated great coach in the US

It can be fairly said that Tara VanDerveer is the most underrated great coach in the US. So what are the reasons?

VanDerveer is a chunk of the weekend by winning her 1,000th college basketball game, either whether it is Friday against Southern California or Monday against UCLA. It would make her the third coach in the history of the US sports to achieve that well-rounded milestone, just after Mike Krzyzewski and Pat Summitt.

What are the reasons why she is so underrated? She has been around for so very long time and between Idaho (two years), Stanford (30), Ohio State (five), and the U.S. Olympic Team (one), a long time in this culture is an excuse to overlook. Overlooking causes dismissing, and dismissing causes underrating.

The next reason is that she has done most of her work on the West Coast, which has always been undervalued by the opinion makers in the East and Midwest.

Moreover, most of her career has been as a second banana after Summit and Tennessee and then Geno Auriemma. Having coached eleven teams to the Final Four, however, she won only twice. Meanwhile, our culture values silver and bronze medals as the way we value dryer lint. It also doesn’t help that her teams lost twice to Summitt’s Tennessee and four times to Auriemma’s Connecticut.

Another reason is that VanDerveer is mostly an insider’s coach. She has won a steady stream of raves for many years since she has been supportive of both her contemporaries and potential successors at the same time kicking their hinders mercilessly. She has not done the self-aggrandizing and maybe degrading things needed to be done to become famous.

For all these reasons, when the list of extraordinary coaches is written down, her name will not come easily to paper. She has done everything a coach can do but not aggressively seek out fame, which makes her underrated.

World’s Highest Paid Cricket Coaches

The followings are some of the cricket coaches with the highest salary in the world.

4/ Russell Domingo – Bangladesh (INR 1.29 Crore)

Born on August 30, 1974, Russell Domingo is now the head coach of the Bangladesh National Cricket team with a salary of about INR1.3 Crores. In August 2019, he replaced Steve Rhodes to become the head coach of Bangladesh after the team had disappointing results at the World Cup.  

5/ Gary Stead -New Zealand (INR 1.73 Crore)

Gary Stead, born on January 9, 1972, is now a head coach of the National Cricket Team of New Zealand, his fatherland. He is the highest-paid cricket coach in the world with an annum salary of about IRN 1.73 Crore.

6/ Misbah-ul-Haq – Pakistan (INR 1.79 Crore)

Despite being criticized by numerous fans for his appointment, Misbah-ul-Haq has helped the Pakistan national team reap a wide range of achievements since September 2019.

This cricket coach earns a salary of INR 1.79 Crore for his job as a head coach of the Pakistan national team.

7/ Mickey Arthur -Sri Lanka (INR 3.44 Crore)

As a former South African cricketer, Mickey Arthur is one of the most famous coaches in the world after leading the Sri Lankan Cricket team and the Pakistan cricket team. Under his leadership, two teams won many important tournaments.

Now, he is one of the highest-paid coaches worldwide with a salary of IRN 3.5 Crore.

8/ Chris Silverwood — England (INR 4.65 Crore)

Born on March 5, 1975, Chris Silverwood is now working as the head coach of the England and Wales national cricket team. With a salary of INR4.65 Crore, he is currently the third highest-paid cricket coach worldwide.

9/ Justin Langer — Australia (INR 4.6-5 Crore)

As former left-handed Australian cricketer, Justin Langer is now the head coach of the Australian Cricket team. Thanks to his leadership, the team has won many important cricket tournaments and events in the world. He gained INR4.6-5 Crores for his job.  

10/ Ravi Shastri – India ( INR 9.5-10 Crores)

The highest-paid cricket coach in the world is Ravi Shastri. He replaced Anil Kumble to become the head coach of the Indian cricket team and receive a whopping salary of INR9.5-10 Crore.

The oldest, youngest, and most wins coaches in the history of EURO

The 15 tournaments of the UEFA European Championship have been won by 15 different coaches. But which coaches are the key factors? Let’s break down the stand-out figures.


Gavriil Kachalin (USSR), EURO 1960

José Villalonga (Spain), EURO 1964

Ferruccio Valcareggi (Italy), EURO 1968

Helmut Schön (West Germany), EURO 1972

Václav Ježek (Czechoslovakia), EURO 1976

Jupp Derwall (West Germany), EURO 1980

Michel Hidalgo (France), EURO 1984

Rinus Michels (Netherlands), EURO 1988

Richard Møller Nielsen (Denmark), EURO 1992

Berti Vogts (Germany), EURO 1996

Roger Lemerre (France), EURO 2000

Otto Rehhagel (Greece), EURO 2004

Luis Aragonés (Spain), EURO 2008

Vicente del Bosque (Spain), EURO 2012

Fernando Santos (Portugal), EURO 2016

• There is no coach who has won the tittle twice and only two have won both the EURO and the World Cup:

Helmut Schön (Germany), EURO 1972, World Cup 1974

Vicente del Bosque (Spain), World Cup 2010, EURO 2012

• Helmut Schön is the only coach to have led a team for two EURO finals; his West Germany side followed up their 1972 victory with a defeat on penalties to Czechoslovakia in the 1976 version.

  • Berti Vogts – a member of Schön’s 1972 Germany team – is the only person to have won the EURO as a player and then a coach after leading Germany to be the champion in 1996.

• German coach Otto Rehhagel is the only coach to have won a EURO with a foreign team: he led Greece to glory in the 2004 edition in Portugal.

• Luis Aragonés is the oldest coach to have won a EURO. He was 69 years and 336 days old on the day when Spain won over Germany at EURO 2008 final match.

• Spain’s José Villalonga is the youngest coach to have won a EURO. He was 44 years and 192 days old on the day of his nation’s 1964 EURO final win against the USSR.

World’s Highest-Paid Cricket Coaches (P1)

Coaches play an important role in sports with a lot of responsibilities and pressures, especially coaches of the game of cricket. The coaches will mainly contribute to the success or loss of the team via their decision-making skills.

The role of a head coach will partly be reflected by their remuneration. The followings are a list of the highest-paid cricket coaches in the world.

1/ Lalchand Rajput- Zimbabwe (INR 35.8 Lakhs)

As a former Indian cricket player, Lalchang Rajput is now a head coach of the Zimbabwe National Cricket team. Although Rajput has not played many international games, he is one of the most experienced coaches worldwide.

After his retirement from the cricket playing career, Rajput took up various coaching places. First of all, he coached India A team and was also the manager of the World Cup 2007 champion. He then became the head coach of the Zimbabwe National Cricket team and was also the head coach of Afghanistan’s cricket team.

He was one of the highest-paid cricket coaches when leading the Zimbabwe National Cricket team with a salary of INR35.8 Lakhs.

2/ Phil Simmons- West Indies (INR 64.5 Lakhs)

Phil Simmons was the former Caribbean all-rounder. Since October 2019, he has taken the duties as a head coach of the West Indies cricket team. Earlier, he worked as a head coach of Zimbabwe in 2004-2005 and also a head coach of the Afghanistan Cricket Team in 2017-2019.

As one of the most experienced coaches worldwide, he receives an average salary of INR64.5 Lakhs per annum.

3/ Mark Boucher- South Africa (INR 1.05 Crore)

Mark Boucher, a former South African wicket-keeper, has taken up the coaching positions in various since his retirement in 2012. He was named as a coach of the Proteas in December 2019 via a contract lasting until 2023.

This legendary wicket-keeper earns a salary of over INR1 Crore per annum.

The Best Female Coaches in The History of Sports (part 3)

Nancy Lieberman

Nancy Lieberman is a name that can be recognized even by those who don’t follow women’s basketball. She led Power into the Big3 in 2018 and works as a broadcaster for the New Orlean’s Pelicans. Having started her iconic basketball career by winning the silver medal in the 1976 Montreal Olympics and then won the 1979 World Championship, Nancy is typically considered as one of the greats in women’s basketball.

In 1979, Nancy took both the Honda Sports Award and the Honda-Broderick Cup. One year later, she received the Honda Sports Award again, making her one of the best female coaches of all time.

Tara VanDerveer

Having kept her position as the women’s top basketball coach at Stanford University for 33 years as of 2018, Tara VanDerveer has a record of 886-191. She worked with Idaho and Ohio State Universities from the late 1970s to mid-1980s and lays claim to 1,036 wins with only 242 losses in her career. These number make her the second top-ranked female basketball coach in the history of the sport.

VanDerveer took a break from working as the head coach for Stanford to take part in the 1996 Olympic Games for the U.S. national team. Born in Melrose, Massachusetts, she has only played for Albany and Indiana teams. She moved on to her coaching career in 1978, three years after completing her college basketball run.

Sylvia Hatchell

Having the fourth most career wins in American basketball history, Sylvia Hatchell started a career coaching in 1974. She started this career coaching at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, leading the women’s basketball team to multiple victories. Throughout her coaching career, Hatchell took the fourth highest rank for professional wins.

So far as her athletics are concerned, she competed with the US basketball team as the head coach for the 1994 Jones Cup Team. They took the gold that year in Taipei. Hatchell stands out from other women coaches, and many other coaches, because of her unmatched leadership skills and positivity. As of 2018, Hatchell still coaches the North Carolina teams, leads the ACC Converses, and has multiple gold medals to attribute to her name.

Highest-Paid Football Coaches- Updated Contract Details

Football clubs not only spend much money on players but also on the best coaches. The following is a list of top five football coaches with the highest salaries in 2020.

1/ Pep Guardiola (Annual Basic Salary £15 million)

Pep Guardiola ranks the first position after signing his three-year contract with the Manchester City football club in 2017. Under the contract detailed revealed on the Internet, he earns £15 million basic salaries per year when leading Manchester City. His contract valued at £50 million, including bonuses for winning league and championship.

2/ Carlos Ancelotti (Annual Basic Salary £11.5 million)

Carlos Ancelotti comes second with an annual basic salary of £11.5 million when signing a new contract with Everton for four years. He could earn an extra £2.5 million to retain Everton in Premier League.

3/ Ernesto Valverde (Annual Basic Salary £11 million)

Ernesto Valverde has recently extended the contract with his football club for one more year until 2021. Under the deal, he would earn an annual salary of €24 million. According to the report of TSM Sports, he is the best-paid coach in La Liga in particular and Europe in general when Valverde earns about €2 million per month.

4/ Zinedine Zidane (Annual Basic Salary £10.5 million)

Zinedine Zidane is the current football coach of Real Madrid. Under a contract signed in 2017, his salary for the club was £10.5 million a year. However, his contract lasts for two and a half year, which is going to end soon.

5/ Ole Gunnar Solskjær (Annual Basic Salary £8 million)

Ole Gunnar Solskjær is among the top five highest-paid football coaches in the world. He joined its football club after United sacked Jose Mourinho from the position. Under the contract released in 2018, the salary of new coach Solskjaer was £8 million per year.

The Best Female Coaches in The History of Sports (part 2)

Cheryl Miller

Unlike any other coaching career path, Cheryl Miller has worked in various aspects of basketball since college. Miller started setting records for her team in high school, and made history by being the first high school athlete to be named an All-American from Parade Magazine four times, male or female!

Miller started and ended her college basketball career with the University of Southern California playing the forward position. Just like in high school, she won a letter through all four years of school.

After a few years of professional play, Miller started creating a coaching career path that would result in her leading multiple teams through successful seasons. Eventually, she wound down her role as one of the world’s best female coaches and turned her career towards sports broadcasting.

Dawn Staley

Female athletes dream for careers like Dawn Staley. With three Olympic gold medals and a place in the American Basketball Hall of Fame, Dawn Staley is a star basketball player turned top female coach.

She is currently the head coach for the South Carolina Gamecocks. Staley now works with assistant coaches to help build up a new generation of coaches, and is recognized for her sportsmanship regularly. Women’s basketball coaches everywhere are taking notes on what Staley does!

C. Vivian Stringer

Boisterous, stubborn, and determined to win, C. Vivian Stringer is the head coach for the women’s basketball team at Rutgers University. She is already marked in history among the top women’s basketball coaches when it comes to career wins. Stringer is known for pushing her athletes further, rolling in victory after victory as her career continues.

In 2006, this women’s basketball coach was inducted into the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame. She’s also been inducted into the New Jersey Women’s Hall of Fame, the Sports Hall of Fame, and the University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame.

Famous Coaches of Major League Baseball (Part3)

The followings are the third part of the famous coaches of Major League Baseball.

6/ Brad Arnsberg

Before being a coach of the Florida Marlins since 2002, Brad Arnsberg was a former pitcher. He was a guiding force behind a number of famous pitching staff such as Ryan Dempster, Josh Beckett, Brad Penny, A.J. Burnett, Carl Pavano, and Dontrelle Willis.

Thanks to the guidance of Arnsberg, Marlines baseball team improved in 2003, lower their ERA from 4.36 in 2002 to 4.04 in 2003. He also led the Marlins to an improbable six-game victory over the New York Yankees in the World Series 2003.

In 2005, he moved to the Toronto Blue and presided over the developments of pitchers such as Shaun Marcum, Jesse Litsch, and Ricky Romero in the next five seasons.

Arnsberg took over a coach of the Houston Astros in 2010.

7/ Joe Kerrigan

Joe Kerrigan began his coaching career in 1983 with the Montreal Expos. He served as a bullpen coach and minor league in the farm system before taking over as a pitching coach of the team in 1992. In the next five seasons, he led the Expos pitching staff and helped the development of young pitcher Pedro Martinez.

He participated in the Red Sox coaching staff in 1997, following the recommendation of former Expos GM and current Boston Red Sox GM Dan Duquette. 

He guided the Red Sox staff until August 2001. He then worked as a pitching coach for Philadelphia Phillies in 2003-2004 and the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2008-2010.

8/ Cal McLish

During his 15-year baseball playing career, Cal McLish played with seven different teams, won 92 games before the retirement in 1964.

He then worked as a pitching coach for three teams, namely the Philadelphia Phillies in1965–1966, Montreal Expos in 1969–1975, and Milwaukee Brewers in 1976–1982.

He played an important role in developing the careers of Steve Rogers, Bob McLure, Bill Stoneman, Larry Sorenson, and Jim Slaton.

The Best Female Coaches in The History of Sports (part 1)

Since women took over the NFL to women’s basketball, the best female coaches in the history of sports are trailblazers, groundbreakers​, and legends. In the past 10 or 15 years, most women had trouble gaining positions as assistant coaches, even with impeccable resumes and records, which makes them stand out. Here is a list of the best female coaches in the history of sports.

Kathryn Smith

Kathryn Smith the first full time female coach in the National Football League’s history. Starting her coaching career by working with the New York Jets, she worked her way up through various administrative roles at the same time spending time learning how to motivate a large team. Although this career path isn’t typical, it had a huge payoff when she became a player personnel assistant. Playing the role of a player personnel assistant, she was exposed to a different side of the relationship between player and coach.

In 2016, Kathryn hit the big time working under Michael Hamlin and engaging with the American professional football team’s men. We can expect even more greatness from Kathryn when she still keeps showcasing her leadership skills from the sidelines.

Becky Hammon

A list of female coaches can’t be complete without the name of Becky Hamon, who is an all-star among female athletes and has been leading a very successful basketball team, the San Antonio Spurs. The Women’s National Basketball Association saw Becky’s rise as an athlete, and she now passes her skills, knowledge, and positive attitude onto other athletes, both male or female.

Becky Hammon grew up in the United States but she gained Russian citizenship through naturalization in 2008. One highlight of her athletic career that would lead her into a top coach position was her presence on the Russian national team during the Olympic games in 2008 and 2012.

She also has an athletic career that far surpasses many other coaching women. As one of the best female coaches of all time, she has won the WNBA All-Star award for six times and is also one of the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All Time.

Famous Coaches of Major League Baseball (Part 2)

In the first article, we learned about three out of the most famous coaches of the Major League Baseball (MLB), namely Charlie Root, Herm Starrette, and Lee Stange.

Today, let’s continue with the next famous names: Dave Wallace and Billy Muffett.

4/ Dave Wallace

Dave Wallace has a long and successful baseball coaching career, starting with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1995. When leading this team, Wallance was instrumental in the development of many famous baseball players, namely Pedro Martinez, Orel Hershiser, Ramon Martinez, and Pedro Astacio, among others.

Notably, American baseball pitcher Orel Leonard Hershiser IV has hailed the role of Wallace on his career.

In 2003, Wallace became the pitching coach of the Boston Red Sox. One year later, he became part of the baseball team’s history as it finally broke the 86-year World Series drought in a four-game sweep over St. Louis Cardinals.

Now, he is still working to help the development of minor league pitching prospects in the Atlanta Braves organization.

5/ Billy Muffett

Billy Muffett was recognized as a stellar pitching coach thanks to his achievements of 18 seasons. He began his coaching career in the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1967-1970 period and influenced the careers of many famous pitchers such as Nelson Briles, Steve Carlton, and Dick Hughes.    

Muffett convinced his pitchers to employ a no-windup delivery, following an idea first adopted by famous pitching coach Jim Turner. As a result, they gained better control and command. Notably, the Cards won the top two in the ERA during Muffett’s first three years of pitching coach.

In 1974, he led the California Angels and worked with start pitcher Nolan Ryan and helped develop the career of young left-hander Frank Tanana.