June 18, 2020
Stanford women’s basketball announces new assistants
The loss of Lindy La Rocque and Tempie Brown opened two positions
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New Stanford women’s basketball assistant coach Britney Anderson | (Photo courtesy of Stanford Athletics/Stanfordphoto.com)
The shortened 2019-20 season had not been halted by the COVID-19 pandemic for long when publications started putting out their “too early” projections for the next NCAA women’s basketball season. Stanford was widely seen as the top program in the Pac-12. That didn’t mean the Cardinal wouldn’t have things to address, and the coaching staff was a major one.
On June 16, Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer announced that Katy Steding and Britney Anderson would join her staff as assistants for the 2020-21 season. The two replace Lindy La Rocque, who left to become the head coach at UNLV, and Tempie Brown, who left to spend more time with her family.
Steding was VanDerveer’s first recruit at Stanford. She helped lead the Cardinal to the 1990 national title as a senior and still has her name on many Stanford records. She ranks 10th in career rebounds (864) and career rebounding average (7.0), 13th in career scoring (1,586), and both sixth and ninth in single-season 3-point percentage as a junior and senior. Her 10 steals against Northwestern in 1988 give her the program’s single-game steals record.
New Stanford women’s basketball assistant coach Katy Steding during her playing days with the Cardinal. | (Photo courtesy of Stanford Athletics/Stanfordphoto.com)
Steding brings a long history of playing both professionally and on the USA women’s national team. She began her career overseas before returning to play in both the ABL and the WNBA before retiring in 2001.
She also brings considerable coaching experience to Palo Alto. Steding had previous stops at Warner Pacific, the Atlanta Dream, Columbia, California, Boston University, and San Francisco.
Anderson played for Virginia Tech from 2003-07, all four years ending in postseason play. While pursuing a career as a corporate recruiter, she also coached at Potomac Falls High School in Potomac Falls, Va. and on the AAU circuit.
Anderson got her first crack at college coaching in 2013 with Radford. She went on to join the staff at Virginia Tech in June 2015, helping her alma mater to four straight postseason berths.
“The combination of someone with an extensive history with our program and someone with a new and fresh perspective will complement our staff,” VanDerveer said in the school’s press release. “Both Katy and Britney have excellent reputations as strong recruiters and relationship builders. I know both will make major contributions to our team’s success and will be outstanding representatives of our program.”