PISCATAWAY, NJ – Jolette Law has been promoted to associate head coach of the Rutgers women’s basketball program, and Cathy Andruzzi has been named an assistant coach, head coach C. Vivian Stringer has announced.
Law has spent the last eight seasons as an assistant at Rutgers, helping to lead the Scarlet Knights to six NCAA Tournament berths, including the 2000 Final Four. Recognized as one of the nation’s top assistant coaches, she has served as the recruiting coordinator and the primary coach for the Scarlet Knight guards, all while lending her technical expertise on the sidelines. The Florence, SC, native also is instrumental in other areas such as opponent scouting.
“This is the first time I have ever promoted one of my assistants to associate head coach, so it is something that I take very seriously,” Stringer said. “This position has a tremendous amount of responsibility, and I can think of no one more deserving to be the associate head coach than Coach Law. She has maintained the highest level of excellence on and off the court, and this promotion is one small way of recognizing all that she has done at Rutgers.”
Law has been instrumental in recruiting, helping Rutgers attract some of the nation’s best classes each year since her arrival “On the Banks” in 1995, including the 2000-2001 class that was ranked first nationally by the Womens Basketball News Service. WNBA draftees Usha Gilmore, Shawnetta Stewart, Tammy Sutton-Brown, Tasha Pointer and Davalyn Cunningham have all benefited from Law’s encouragement and instruction.
“I am very grateful and truly blessed to have this opportunity to become the associate head coach,” Law said. “I have learned so much from Coach Stringer, as both a player and as a coach, and I am looking forward to even greater challenges and learning experiences in this new position.”
Law was the first assistant coach appointed by Stringer upon her arrival at Rutgers in 1995. She joined the coaching ranks during the 1994-95 season as an assistant coach at Ball State, after spending four years (1990-94) as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters. Law was Stringer’s floor general and point guard at Iowa, earning Kodak District V All-American honors as a senior in 1990. A four-year letterwinner at Iowa and a two-time all-Big Ten Conference selection, she still ranks among the career leaders in several Hawkeye categories, and she is a member of both the Iowa Hall of Fame and the Wilson (SC) High School Hall of Fame.
Andruzzi has been involved with women’s basketball for the last 25 years, as the head coach at Wagner (1976-78) and East Carolina (1978-84), as the general manager of the ABL’s Philadelphia Rage (1997-98), as executive director of Philadelphia Women’s Basketball 2000 (the organizing committee for the NCAA Women’s Final Four), and most recently as a broadcaster and recruiting consultant, working with the adidas Top Ten All-America Camp and the All Star Girls Report. A voter for the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, she has also worked as a color commentator and studio analyst for a variety of college broadcasts, locally appearing on CN8 and the YES Network. In addition to her basketball-related activities, Andruzzi also has spent the last year as the senior vice president of marketing at KnowledgeFlow, Inc., and is the principal of Druzz, Ltd., a business development, marketing and public relations firm in Philadelphia that has worked to put together two women’s basketball television packages this offseason.
“I have known Cathy for more than 20 years, and when I coached against her I always respected her knowledge of the game,” Stringer said. “She has had a tremendous amount of exposure to the regional and national media in terms of evaluating talent, and she has done so much to bring increased attention to women’s basketball in the northeast.”
Andruzzi, in addition to her on-the-court coaching responsibilities, will assist in both recruiting and opponent scouting, and will serve as the program’s liaison with the Rutgers marketing, promotions and media relations staffs.
“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to work with Vivian and her staff,” Andruzzi said. “Rutgers is one of the premiere programs in the country and has aspirations of winning a national championship. I look forward to contributing to the realization of that goal.”
Rutgers engineered the most dramatic turnaround in Division I this past season, improving from 9-20 in 2001-2002 to 21-8 and a trip to the 2003 NCAA Tournament’s second round.