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Legendary coach C. Vivian Stringer announces retirement after 25 years at Rutgers

C. Vivian Stringer, head coach of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights for the past 25 years, is calling it a career. All told, she will leave the game with 1,055 wins, four Final Four appearances and 28 berths in the NCAA tournament.

Bob Doda

Apr 30, 2022, 1:56 PM

Updated 785 days ago

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C. Vivian Stringer, head coach of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights for the past 25 years, is calling it a career. All told, she will leave the game with 1,055 wins, four Final Four appearances and 28 berths in the NCAA tournament.
"I am officially announcing my retirement," said Stringer in prepared remarks. "My life has been defined by coaching and I've been on this journey for over five decades. It is rare that someone gets to do what they love for this long and I have been fortunate to do that. I love Rutgers University for the incredible opportunity they offered me and the tremendous victories we achieved together.
She started her career in 1972 at Cheyney State before moving on to Iowa in 1983. She had been the coach of RU since 1995.
"Coach Stringer's impact has been felt across our campuses, around the state and throughout the nation.  She is an icon whose accomplishments on and off the court are as remarkable as they are inspiring," said Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway in a statement released by the school. "Naming the court at one of the most notable venues in college basketball after her is a fitting and indelible tribute to one of the greatest coaches of all time," he added.
From Rutgers:
Stringer won 535 games with the Scarlet Knights while qualifying for 17 NCAA Tournaments, including 10 consecutively from 2003 to 2012. Stringer led Rutgers to a pair of Final Four appearances in 2000 and 2007, with the latter culminating in RU's first NCAA Championship Game.
She is a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in April 2009.
BY THE NUMBERS
• Fifth all-time in wins (all divisions) with 1,055 career victories
• First coach (men's or women's) to lead three different schools to the NCAA Final Four (Cheyney 1982; Iowa - 1993; Rutgers - 2000, 2007)
• Fifth women's coach to reach 1,000 career wins
• Fourth women's coach and seventh coach all-time (men's or women's) to register 900 wins
• Third women's coach to record 750, 800 and 850 wins
• First African-American Division I coach (men's or women's) to reach 1,000 victory mark
• 28 NCAA Tournament appearances (1982-83, 1986-94, 1998-2001, 2003-2012, 2014-15, 2018-19, 2020-21)
• Nine NCAA Tournament Regional Finals (1982, 1987, 1988, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2008)
• 17 All-Big Ten selections, including one Defensive Player of the Year
• 41 All-BIG EAST honorees, including four Defensive Players of the Year
• Nation's best defensive team in 1981, 1983 and 1993
• Nation's second-best defensive team in 1985, 2005, 2006 and 2008
• 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1982 Pennsylvania AIAW state champions


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