Rutgers coach Scarlett Knights, who has led Cheney State, Iowa, and Rutgers to 1,055 wins, four Final Fours and 28 NCAA games, announced her retirement on Saturday.
She is the first female coach (men or women) to lead three different schools to the Final Four (Cheyney 1982, Iowa 1993, and Rutgers 2000, 2007) and is the first female coach (men or women) to reach a 1000-win milestone.
“This was the hardest decision of my life, but I thank God that he allowed me to do the thing I love most,” Stringer said. “I am ready to start my new journey and spend more time with my family, children and grandchildren. I am really fortunate to have so many wonderful people in my life.”
The 74-year-old did not coach Rutgers during the 2021-22 season due to Covid-19 concerns.
Rutgers announced that all of Jersey Mike’s basketball games will be played at C-Vivien Stringer Stadium. The school will also hold a dedication ceremony next season.
“We’ve felt Coach Stringer’s impact throughout our campus, across the state and across the country,” Rutgers University president Jonathan Holloway said in a statement. “An icon, her accomplishments on and off the court are as remarkable as they are inspiring. To name the court one of the most prominent places in college basketball is a fitting and indelible homage to one of the greatest coaches of all time.”
In 2009, Stringer was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Eight years ago, she was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Her retirement will begin on September 1, Rutgers said, adding that the search for the next women’s basketball coach will begin immediately.