PISCATAWAY, N.J. (February 25, 2014) – Rutgers head women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer was honored on Tuesday morning by the New Jersey State Senate at the State House in Trenton.
New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) set forth a resolution on recognizing Coach Stringer for her accomplishments at Rutgers University and as an esteemed member of the Garden State community in conjunction with Black History Month.
“I am so excited, honored, humbled and just appreciate that I had the opportunity to recognize and represent Rutgers University, certainly the state of New Jersey and our fans,” said Stringer. “It’s because of the many people that came before me that made the sacrifices they had and the legislators that have been here and the teachers and the surrounding community of people…it’s because of all of us that have gathered together to try to be as positive as we can and set the examples of what can be, so that that generations to come can say ‘I can do that. She did that and I can do that’. I’m only too happy and excited to be a part of that.”
Now in her 19th year at Rutgers and 43rd year as a head coach overall, Stringer was the first coach in NCAA 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) and has compiled over 900 career victories and 400 win at Rutgers. She became just the seventh coach – men’s or women’s – to reach the 900-win mark last season and her 32 20-win seasons are second-best in women’s basketball history.
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 becoming the 11th women’s coach to earn the prestigious prize.
A 2001 inductee into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Stringer has led her three teams to 25 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including nine trips to the regional final. She also made her sixth appearance on a USA Basketball coaching staff in 2004, serving as an assistant coach for the gold-medal winning 2004 U.S. Olympic Team. Named one of the “101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports” by Sports Illustrated in 2003, Stringer is one of the most recognized coaches in the game.
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