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Heidi VanDerveer
Heidi VanDerveer
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 323 259 2682
Email: hvanderveer@oxy.edu

 

Heidi VanDerveer enters her fourth season at the helm of the Occidental College women's basketball program. In her first season she took the Tigers to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in school history.

She has two decades of experience on both the collegiate and professional levels. She began her coaching career as a graduate assistant for Pat Summitt at the University of Tennessee, when the Lady Volunteers won the 1987 National Championship and advanced to the 1988 Final Four. She then spent six seasons as an assistant at the University of South Carolina, helping USC advance to three NCAA tournament appearances. VanDerveer then served as the head women’s basketball coach at Eastern Washington University for three seasons. Her tenure at EWU was highlighted by back-to-back postseason appearances (1995 and 1996) in the Big Sky Conference tournament. VanDerveer spent twelve years working in the WNBA. She was named the assistant coach with the Sacramento Monarchs in 1997, before being promoted to head coach in 1997-98. In addition, she spent four years with the Minnesota Lynx as both an assistant (1999-2002) and head coach (2002). After serving two years as a WNBA scout from 2003-05, while also working one year at the University of San Francisco as an assistant and later head coach, VanDerveer was hired as an assistant for the WNBA’s Seattle Storm.

The Storm advanced to the WNBA playoffs in each of her two seasons in Seattle. VanDerveer served as the associate head coach at San Diego State University for the 2007-2008 season before accepting her current position as the Head Coach at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

In addition to her college and professional experience, VanDerveer has worked with USA Basketball as a scout for the 2006 World Championship team and the 2008 World Qualifying Tournament and most recently served as the scout for the 2008 Olympic Team that won a GOLD medal in Beijing.