PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer is one of 13 new members of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Board of Directors, WBCA president Doug Bruno has announced.
Stringer, an at-large appointment for NCAA Division I, will join 25 others as members of the Board of Directors. Other new appointees include Geno Auriemma (Connecticut; Division I/At-Large), Carolyn Campbell-McGovern (Ivy League; Committee on Basketball Issues Chair), Pokey Chatman (LSU; Black Coaches Association representative), Sherri Coale (Oklahoma; Division I/At-Large), Gail Goestenkors (Duke; Division I/At-Large), Muffet McGraw (Notre Dame; NCAA Division I Legislative Chair), Sam Nichols (McMurray; Male Coaches of Women’s Basketball representative), Donna Orender (WNBA representative), Sue Ramsey (Ashland; NCAA Division II Legislative Chair) and Brad Smith (Oregon City High School; high school representative).
New elected members include Nan Carney-DeBord (Ohio Wesleyan; Division III/At-Large), Michael Landers (Trinity Valley Community College; Junior College/Community College representative), Cathy Parson (Howard; Division I/Middle East representative) and Paul Thomas (Cal State Poly Pomona; Division II/Group II representative).
Other members of the WBCA Board of Directors include Lisa Bluder (Iowa; NCAA Division I/Midwest representative), Stephanie Glance (North Carolina State; assistant coaches representative), Bonnie Henrickson (Kansas; Secretary), Susan Johnson (Georgetown College; NAIA representative), Wendy Larry (Old Dominion; Past President), Dianne Nolan (Fairfield; Treasurer); Gie Parsons (Clarion; Division II/Group I representative), Pam Ruder (Southwestern University; Division III/At-Large), Debbie Ryan (Virginia; Division I/East representative), Timothy Shea (Salem State College; Division III Legislative Chair), and Julie Wilhoit (Loyola Marymount; NCAA Division I/West representative).
Stringer had a memorable 2004-2005 season, beginning with her service as an assistant coach for the 2004 U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team that won a gold medal in Athens, Greece. She 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.
The first coach, men’s or women’s, to lead three different schools to the NCAA Tournament Final Four (Cheyney in 1982, Iowa in 1993 and Rutgers in 2000), she was enshrined in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001. A three-time national coach of the year, Stringer has led her teams to 18 of the 24 NCAA Tournaments contested, including seven trips to the regional final. In her 10 seasons at Rutgers, she has led the Scarlet Knights to a 203-111 mark, seven NCAA Tournament bids, advancing to the 1998 Sweet Sixteen, the 1999 and 2005 Elite Eights and the 2000 Final Four, and two BIG EAST Conference regular-season titles.
The WBCA Board of Directors develops policies, procedures and regulations for the operation of the organization; monitors the organization's financial health, programs and overall performance; and provides the chief executive officer with the resources needed to meet the needs of those the organization serves.
Stringer was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the WBCA in 1981. The group promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game in all of its aspects as an amateur sport for women and girls.