Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer retires after 50 seasons

Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer introduced her retirement (*50*) after 50 years in school basketball.

She completed with 1,055 wins — fourth all-time amongst Division I ladies’s basketball coaches. Stringer made 4 Final Four appearances and reached the NCAA Tournament 28 occasions whereas main Cheyney State, Iowa and Rutgers. Stringer was emotional when she talked to her workforce Friday night time on a Zoom name.

“I am officially announcing my retirement,” Stringer in a press release. “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.”

The 74-year-old coach had been on go away this previous season due to COVID-19 considerations. She signed a five-year extension earlier than occurring go away final April. Her retirement will develop into efficient on Sept. 1, and she or he agreed to an $872,988 retirement buyout. Rutgers will title its basketball courtroom in her honor subsequent season.

“This was the hardest decision of my life, but I thank God he has allowed me to do the thing I love most. I am ready to start my new journey and spending more time with my family, children, and grandchildren,” she mentioned. “I am truly blessed to have had so many wonderful people in my life.”

The faculty will start a seek for a brand new coach instantly.

Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer, who retired (*50*), celebrates her 1,000th win in 2018.

Stringer has coached at Rutgers since 1995, successful 535 video games. She led the Scarlet Knights to the NCAA title sport in 2007 after they lost to Tennessee.

The faculty’s look in 2000 made Stringer the primary males’s or ladies’s coach to information three completely different packages to the Final Four after taking part in within the first NCAA title sport with Cheyney State in 1992. She led Iowa to the nationwide semifinals in 1993.

“Coach Stringer is a titan in college basketball, inspiring generations of student-athletes and coaches to pursue excellence on and off the court,” Rutgers Athletic Director Pat Hobbs mentioned. “As the first coach to lead three different programs to the Final Four, she will continue to be mentioned along with the game’s other great Hall of Famers. Her place in the history of the game is cemented, but more remarkable is the legions of young women whose lives she helped shape.”

She began her teaching career in 1971-72 at Cheyney State.

C. Vivian Stringer celebrated win No. 600 in 1999.

“After recently celebrating the first women’s Final Four team at Cheyney State University, where it all started, it sat with me that I have been at this for a long time. It is important to step aside and challenge others to step up and take this game forward,” Stringer mentioned.

Stringer turned across the program at Iowa beginning in 1983, setting an attendance document in 1985 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Stringer left Iowa to coach at Rutgers following the demise of her husband Bill.

“There’s always a soft spot in my heart for the University of Iowa and Dr. Christine Grant for giving me my first major coaching position … She was a strong believer in women’s rights and that’s a responsibility that I have championed and will continue to take up the fight for.”

Stringer has been an inspiration to many Black feminine coaches, together with South Carolina’s Dawn Staley, who gained her second nationwide championship on April 3.

“Coach Stringer thank you for elevating our game,” Staley tweeted. “The strength of your shoulders allowed us to stand tall. We will forever keep your legacy in our hearts. Thank you Coach Stringer.”

Stringer gained 20 or extra video games 37 occasions in her career and was enshrined within the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. She additionally served as an assistant coach on the 2004 U.S. Olympic workforce that gained a gold medal.

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