Storm Re-Signs VanDerveer

November 16, 2006
- The Seattle Storm re-signed Heidi VanDerveer as assistant coach for the 2007 WNBA season, Storm Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel Anne Donovan announced.

“I’m excited to re-join the Storm organization and thrilled about having another opportunity to work toward a successful WNBA playoff run with Anne and the players,” VanDerveer said. “I'm looking forward to another successful season in Seattle.”

VanDerveer, who also serves as a primary college scout for the Storm is a native of Chautauqua, N.Y., and was named head coach of the Minnesota Lynx in 2002 after serving as an assistant under Brian Agler for three seasons. VanDerveer also served as head coach of the Sacramento Monarchs in 1999 and was as an assistant for the club in 1998.

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“We are so fortunate to have Heidi join our staff again for the 2007 season,” Donovan said. “Heidi has tremendous experience in the WNBA as both an assistant and as a head coach, as well as many years in the college game. Her knowledge of the WNBA makes her the perfect fit for our Storm team as we work toward a second championship.”

Prior to joining the Monarchs, VanDerveer served as the head women’s basketball coach at Eastern Washington University for three seasons. Her tenure at EDU was highlighted by back-to-back postseason appearances (1995 and 1996) in the Big Sky Conference tournament. Prior to taking the helm at EDU, VanDerveer served as an assistant for six seasons (1988 through 1994) at the University of South Carolina.

As a graduate assistant under Pat Summitt at the University of Tennessee, VanDerveer played an active role in the school’s national championship in 1987 and its 1988 Final Four appearance.

The Storm also announced today that Jessie Kenlaw has decided not to return to Seattle as an assistant coach. The search for Kenlaw’s successor will begin immediately.