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Hall of Fame Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer pushes toward latest milestone of 900 victories

  • Stanford head coach Tara Vanderveer calls out to her team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Austin, Texas. Stanford won 63-54. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)

    Stanford head coach Tara Vanderveer calls out to her team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Austin, Texas. Stanford won 63-54. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)  (The Associated Press)

  • Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer draws up a play for her team  during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Austin, Texas. Stanford won 63-54. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)

    Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer draws up a play for her team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Austin, Texas. Stanford won 63-54. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)  (The Associated Press)

Tara VanDerveer has never coached for the milestones or anything else that brings attention to her rather than the players she loves to coach.

That's why the Hall of Fame Stanford coach is thrilled her latest memorable moment will probably happen in Mexico this week with little fanfare, away from the Bay Area and Maples Pavilion.

VanDerveer can become the fifth women's basketball coach to reach 900 victories as soon as Wednesday against Florida Gulf Coast in Puerto Vallarta. She stands at 898 wins as the sixth-ranked Cardinal prepare to face Purdue in Mexico on Tuesday.

VanDerveer is set to join the exclusive company of Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt, C. Vivian Stringer and Sylvia Hatchell with 900 wins. Many figure she will coach long enough to reach 1,000.