PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 22, 2012) – Rutgers head women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer, will be honored as one of seven inductees into the New Jersey Women’s Hall of Fame, established by the Trenton YWCA. The New Jersey Women's Hall of Fame was created to honor and recognize the accomplishments of women across all industries in New Jersey.
This distinguished award recognizes "women who have made invaluable contributions to society, have elevated the status of women, have made enduring contributions to their fields of endeavor, have inspired others by their example, and have embodied the YWCA's mission of eliminating racism and empowering women within their own lives and communities."
The Second Annual Induction Gala will be held on Thursday, March 29, at the Trenton Marriott. For more information on the event, please visit www.njwomen.org.
One of the most recognizable names and faces in all of college basketball, Stringer has built an illustrious career highlighted by countless milestones, including her enshrinement into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. She was the primary architect in transforming three programs into national title contenders ever since her appearance in the first-ever NCAA National Championship game.
The first coach in men’s or women’s basketball history to take three different schools to the Final Four (Cheyney in 1982, Iowa in 1993 and Rutgers, in 2000 and again in 2007), Stringer has been a pioneer, visionary and leader during her four decades of success on the hardwood.
She has amassed 885 wins over the course of her career - which ranks third on the Division I women’s victories list and second among active coaches. In 2008, Stringer became just the eighth coach – men’s or women’s – to reach the 800-win mark and her 32, 20-win seasons are second-best in women’s basketball history.
Further solidifying her name among the elite in the game, Stringer was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in arguably the best Hall of Fame class ever on Sept. 11, 2009. She joined fellow esteemed basketball greats Michael Jordan, David Robinson, John Stockton and Jerry Sloan on the stage at Symphony Hall to receive basketball’s ultimate honor. She became just the 11th women’s coach to earn the prestigious prize.
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