Buckner has served as Assistant to Stringer since August of 1998, providing executive-level support to the head coach as well as the program as a whole. Prior to joining the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, Buckner had previously worked in several other Rutgers departments as a secretary, serving in the Centre for Government Services (1997-98), College of Pharmacy (1996-97) and Consortium for Policy Research (1993-96).
“Dawn has extensive knowledge of our program and has been my confidant for the last five years,” Stringer said. “This was an easy decision for me because hiring Dawn made perfect sense due to her previous role in the program.”
Edwards played for Stringer at Iowa (1985-89) and was named the National Player of the Year as a senior. A 2000 Iowa Hall-of-Fame inductee, she is the only female Hawkeye to have her jersey retired, and she was selected as one of Iowa’s “Top 50 Athletes of the 20th Century” as well as a Big Ten Athlete of the Decade (1980-89). A 1991 Pan-American Games bronze medalist, she played professionally in Italy from 1988-97, earning three Italian League All-Star Game MVP Awards. Edwards then came back to the States when the WNBA was formed, playing a total of six seasons (1997-2002) for the Seattle Storm and Cleveland Rockers. While a member of the WNBA, she was active in community outreach, including several Cleveland charities as well as the NBA’s “Read To Achieve” program. Since the end of her professional playing career, Edwards has served as a youth basketball advisor/community relations representative for the YMCA in New York City. During the 2002-2003 season, she served as the RU color analyst for games broadcast on the Rutgers Radio Network, and she has spent this summer as the Fox Sports Net color analyst for Cleveland Rockers games.
“I feel so fortunate to have another former player, Michelle, join my staff,” Stringer said. “She has had a wonderful professional career, as a player, community activist and now as a broadcaster. As our coordinator of operations, Michelle will learn every aspect of this profession, ultimately gaining entry into the coaching industry.”
Rutgers engineered the most dramatic turnaround in Division I this year, improving from 9-20 in 2001-2002 to 21-8 and a trip to the 2003 NCAA Tournament’s second round.