Rutgers women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer retires after a long and mysterious vacation 2022-04-30 08:16:00


Jim Vivian StringerAnd Rutgers The legendary Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame coach announced her retirement on Saturday.

The move will become effective September 1, 2022, according to a Rutgers press release. As part of the retirement agreement, Stringer will be paid $872,988. Rutgers honors its legacy by naming the stadium at Jersey Mike Arena – Rutgers Basketball Stadium – Jim Vivian Stringer The school has announced an official dedication ceremony for the upcoming women’s basketball season.

The national search for the next women’s basketball coach will immediately begin.

“I am officially announcing my retirement,” Stringer said in a press release. “…I love Rutgers University for the amazing opportunity they gave me and for the tremendous victories we’ve had together.”

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Stringer has not been with the team since April 2021, and took time off during the 2021-22 season shortly after she signed a new five-year, $5.5 million contract. Stringer collected at least $235,000 in bonuses in addition to her $1 million annual salary while she was away.

In a letter to RFund donors obtained by NJ Advance Media, Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs congratulated Stringer on a “unique career,” thanked her for “helping us write the greatest chapter in the history of the Scarlet Knights,” and sent his “best wishes as you write.” next chapter”.

“Coach Stringer is one of the giants of college basketball, inspiring generations of student athletes and coaches to pursue excellence on and off the court,” Hobbs said in a press release.

Stringer, 74, finished her career with 1,055 wins, four Finals matches, and 28 NCAA positions in 50 seasons as a head coach. None of her wins last year.

There was not much clarity about her situation during her leave. She originally intended to return to the team before the 2021-22 season, but her leave has been extended at least three times, according to Reporting from Janet.

The university had not made Stringer available for an interview during her hiatus. Rutgers officials initially said she gave up her coaching duties to avoid getting sick and to look after her family, including her daughter Janine, 40, who has needed special care since contracting meningitis at age 2. Janet denied the allegations in March Without explaining why or whether Stringer is taking accrued sick days.

“Out of respect for her privacy and in accordance with the law, we cannot provide any greater privacy for her circumstances,” a A Rutgers athletics spokesperson told Janet.

Whatever the reason for her absence, the Crimson Knights struggled desperately without her on the sidelines. with a temporary coach Tim Itman Leading the group, Rutgers stumbled to a record 11-20 in 2021-22, including a record 3-14 in the Big Ten play to finish 13th in the conference. The season was dysfunctional, as players who came to Piscataway to play the legendary Stringer left wondering when she would be back.

Recently, Stringer has been criticized by parents of players and recruits, who wondered if she would return to training and, if so, when. Eatman, who took over as Stringer, was investigated when at least one complaint was made about his coaching style.

“These young women were told they were going to play C-Vivien Stringer. It didn’t happen,” Ralph Martino, whose daughter Liz was a sophomore from Maryland, I told Janet last month. “A set of smokescreens was put in place to disguise and cover things up.”

“That’s how they kept the girls there,” he added. “Otherwise, they would have left.”

It was a bad end to a legendary career for Stringer, the pioneer of women’s college basketball.

After historic spells at Cheyney State and Iowa, Stringer became the second head coach in program history at the Rutgers in 1995, beginning a 26-year tenure that included two Final Fours, a WNIT title, a Big East Tournament title, and three Big East regular championship season, 535 wins and 17 NCAA Championship appearances.

Became the 5th NCAA Division I women’s basketball coach in history To reach 1000 job opportunities in 2018.

“The impact of Coach Stringer has been felt throughout our campus, across the state and across the country,” said Jonathan Holloway, president of Rutgers University. “She’s a symbol of her accomplishments on and off the field, as remarkable as they are inspiring.”

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