In coaching, as in life, you don’t need to hate or disrespect the one who competes with you.
This is what Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer thinks of Geno Auriemma.
“I’ve been friends with almost every coach that I’ve competed against in my career. I value those friendships,” VanDerveer said Thursday. “I understand that when its all done, its not wins or losses that matter, but the relationships you have with the players and opponents that matter.
“I believe that playing Connecticut just helps us get better. I learn a lot from watching it play. Our teams gets better because of it. I never want to go to a gym and not be excited about seeing the other coach. I don’t want any relationship filled with animosity of negativity. We both coach a great game, work at great universities and work with elite players, We are fortunate people so why shouldn’t we be friends.”