PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers women’s basketball head coach C. Vivian Stringer has been named one of the “101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports” by Sports Illustrated, the magazine announced in its May 5 edition.
Stringer was ranked No. 98 on the list, the only women’s basketball head coach to be listed. She also was one of 11 women and one of seven collegiate head coaches to be among the top 101.
Stringer, a 2001 inductee into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, is the only coach, men’s or women’s, to lead three different schools to the NCAA Tournament Final Four (Cheyney – 1982; Iowa – 1993; Rutgers – 2000). She has posted a 674-227 record in 31 seasons as a head coach and a 154-92 mark in her eight seasons “On the Banks,” ranking fourth in wins all time in women’s basketball history. Stringer has led her teams to 16 NCAA Tournament appearances, and fashioned the most dramatic turnaround in Division I this past season, improving from a 9-20 mark in 2001-2002 to a 21-8 mark this year and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.