ATLANTA, Ga. (May 16, 2012) – Rutgers head women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer was one of four recipients of the Legacy of Leadership Award, presented at the Eighth Annual Spelman College Leadership Conference on Wednesday, May 16 in Atlanta, Ga.
The Spelman College Legacy of Leadership Award recognizes individuals and institutions who have made and continue to make major contributions in shaping the destinies of past, current and future generations of leaders. The other 2012 honorees include Shinae Chun (Director, Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor), Monica Pearson (Veteran News Anchor) and Evelyn Lowery (Civil Rights Champion and S.C.L.C./W.O.M.E.N., Inc. Founder).
Previous award recipients include Rosalind G. Brewer, President and CEO, Sam's Club; Sara Manzano-Diaz, Director, Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor; Pin Pin Chau, President and CEO, Touchmark National Bank; and Valerie Red-Horse, Founder, Red-Horse Financial Group, Inc. For more information on past and present award recipients, visit http://www.spelmanwomenofcolorconf.com/2012.html.
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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