PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers women’s basketball head coach C. Vivian Stringer will receive the Juliette Gordon Low Award from the Girl Scouts of the Mississippi Valley Council April 26 in Coralville, IA.
Stringer, the former coach at The University of Iowa for 12 seasons (1983-95), led the Hawkeyes to nine NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 1993 Final Four. While at Iowa, she was presented with a lifetime membership in the Girl Scouts as a special thanks for her efforts towards establishing a strong relationship between the Scouts and the Iowa athletic program. Stringer helped establish the “Girl Scout Day With the Hawkeyes,” an event that invited Scouts and their parents to attend an Iowa women’s basketball game. That event has since grown by leaps and bounds, now drawing more than 2,000 Girl Scouts and their families to the annual event, and expanding to include other Hawkeye sports such as softball, soccer, gymnastics and volleyball.
The Juliette Gordon Low Award, named after the founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA, is a special award, given to a nominee whose profile is far above and beyond those of other nominees. This will mark just the second time that the Girl Scouts of the Mississippi Valley Council will present the award – the first was to Dr. Christine Grant, who was Stringer’s director of athletics at Iowa.
Stringer had an eventful 2004-2005 season at Rutgers. She served as an assistant coach for the 2004 U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team that won a gold medal in Athens, Greece, and was named the BIG EAST Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the Naismith National Coach-of-the-Year Award, leading Rutgers to a 28-7 overall record and a 14-2 mark in BIG EAST play as RU won its first outright BIG EAST regular-season title. Rutgers advanced to the final of the BIG EAST Tournament for the second straight year, and the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000, finishing with a final ranking of seventh in the WBCA/ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll. Stringer became the 21st Division I coach overall, the fourth women’s Division I coach and the ninth active Division I coach to record her 700th victory with a 68-46 win against Princeton Dec. 8, and moved into third place on the women’s Division I victories list (709) with a 71-60 win at No. 14/13 Boston College Jan. 26. She earned her 200th victory in her 10th season at Rutgers, a 64-59 win against Villanova in the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals March 7.