PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 21, 2014) – Rutgers University and women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer have come to a four-year agreement, it was announced on Wednesday by Director of Athletics Julie Hermann.
"I’m delighted to have reached an agreement with Coach Stringer that keeps her on our side of the court and recognizes her storied history and enormous potential,” said Rutgers University President Dr. Robert L. Barchi. “Like so many other fans of the Rutgers women's basketball program, I’m looking forward to Coach Stringer’s continued success and her leadership of the team as we enter the Big Ten."
Stringer has compiled a 929-341 (.731) record during her 43-year coaching career, ranking her second all-time and first among active women’s basketball coaches in all-time victories. Only former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt has compiled more career wins (1098). In 2013, Stringer became just the seventh coach – men’s or women’s – to reach the 900-win mark and her 33 20-win seasons are second-best in women’s basketball history. Stringer was the first coach – male or female – to take three different schools to the Final Four, including Rutgers in 2000 and 2007. In her 19 seasons “On The Banks”, Stringer has registered a 409-206 mark, having led the Scarlet Knights to 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, as well as a WNIT Championship in 2014.
"It's a privilege to have our iconic hall of fame coach lead our program into the Big Ten Conference,” said Hermann. “Watching her steer our young team through the WNIT to a title is a sign of the foundation she has laid for our future success."
During her tenure with Rutgers, Stringer has been enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, joining basketball greats Michael Jordan, David Robinson, John Stockton and Jerry Sloan in the 2009 class, as well as the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001. She has also made six appearances on a USA Basketball coaching staff during her career, including serving as an assistant coach for the gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic Team in 2004.
“It is now time to focus on the next era in Rutgers Athletics, as we join the prestigious Big Ten Conference and continue our quest for a national championship,” said Stringer. “Each and every day I feel blessed to wake up and have an unwavering passion to do a job I love – coach basketball, teach young people and make a difference in the lives of each and every young woman that comes through our program.”
“I know that fans can be excited for the upcoming season with the amount of talent we have returning, as well as the competiveness we will face in the Big Ten,” added Stringer. “Preparation for the next season began as soon as we returned from Texas from the WNIT championship and I’m looking forward to building upon that success. I would like to say I’m excited to start, but we have already started the journey.”
The Rutgers women’s basketball team finished the 2013-14 season at 28-9 overall, the most victories by the Scarlet Knights since 2005, and captured the 2014 WNIT post-season title. RU won the final three games of the WNIT on the road, including a 56-54 victory over UTEP in front of 12,222 at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The Scarlet Knight roster featured four juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen during the championship run, all whom return next season as Rutgers heads into its first season in the Big Ten.
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