Vivian Stringer retires: Legendary Rutgers women’s basketball coach makes historic career 50 years later 2022-04-30 09:27:34


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Legendary Rutgers women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer announced Saturday She retired after 50 years as a head coach, most notably 27 years with the Scarlet Knights. Stringer will exit the career at number five on the winning list for NCAA women’s basketball coaches. Rutgers announced that the court at Jersey Mike Stadium will be named in her honor.

“My life has been defined by training and I have been on this journey for more than five decades,” Stringer said. “It is rare for someone to do what they love for so long and I have been fortunate to do so. I love Rutgers University for the incredible opportunity they gave me and for the tremendous victories we had together. There is always a soft spot in the heart of the University of Iowa and Dr. Kristen Grant for giving me my first major internship position, when My husband and I trusted her to take our family to Iowa. She was a strong believer in women’s rights and this is a responsibility she defended and will continue to fight for.”

Stringer, 74, became the first coach on a men’s or women’s team to lead three programs to the fourth final in 2000, when she coached Rutgers to a national semi-final appearance after leading Iowa and Cheney State to the fourth final earlier in her career. In the 2018-2019 season, she became the first African-American female coach to reach the 1,000-win mark.

She is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Stringer also had a long career working with USA Basketball, serving as an assistant coach for Team USA while running for a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

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

The school announced that the national search for Stringer’s successor would begin immediately.