At the University of Montevallo, where he coached for seven seasons, he is the winningest coach in school history with a 166-49 record. He was inducted into the Montevallo Hall of Fame in 1999.
His NAIA total, covering nearly 13 seasons, is 301-102 with his 300th win coming in his native Wilson County at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn., only a few miles away from his hometown of Mt. Juliet.
Van Atta, a veteran coach of nearly 25 years, holds an overall coaching record (high school and college) of 537-265. His 4-year college coaching record is 408-212 (NAIA record is 301-102). Van Atta has an impressive 100% graduation rate and has coached more than 100 TranSouth Scholar-athletes and 17 NAIA Scholar-athletes.
His conference record at Trevecca is 62-24 and he has led the Trojans to a pair of NAIA Final 8 finishes as well as an NAIA Championship game appearance.
Van Atta coached college women at Motlow State Community College, the University of Montevallo in Alabama, and UT-Martin.
At Montevallo he led the Lady Falcons to five consecutive appearances in the NAIA National Tournament, including the NAIA Final Four in 1994.
At UT-Martin, he is the all-time winningest coach in the Lady Skyhawk record books. He was the co-OVC coach of the year in 1998 and led the team to the Ohio Valley regular season title in 1999. The 1999 team advanced to the NWIT and reached the Sweet 16 with a victory over Ole Miss.
In 1987, he coached the Gallatin High girls to a 34-0 record and the Class AAA State Championship.