After spending five decades coaching college hoops, C. Vivian Stringer is officially ready to embrace the next chapter of her life. On Saturday, the legendary women’s basketball coach announced her retirement.
Stringer, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, started her coaching career at Cheyney State in 1972. She then made the jump to Iowa in 1983. It wasn’t until 1995 when she arrived at Rutgers.
Over the course of her career, Stringer won 1,055 games. Her teams made 28 NCAA tournament appearances and four Final Four berths.
Stringer’s retirement will go into effect on Sept. 1.
“I am officially announcing my retirement,” Stringer said. “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. 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, when me and my husband trusted her to move our family to Iowa. 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 continued: “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. I am truly blessed to have had so many wonderful people in my life.”
After 50 years and 1,055 wins, @cvivianstringer will retire from coaching, effective Sept. 1.
It is impossible to find the words right now to sum up what you mean to us and to the game, but we’ll start with two:
We love you, Coach.
— Rutgers W.Basketball (@RutgersWBB) April 30, 2022
Rutgers will immediately begin its search for a new head coach.
We wish Stringer all the best in retirement.
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