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A Thousand Wins and Counting, Stringer is Among the Elite Coaches

A Thousand Wins and Counting, Stringer is Among the Elite Coaches
Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer poses in front of a banner that will hang from the rafters after Rutgers defeated Central Connecticut for Stringer's 1,000th career NCAA college basketball game win, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Piscataway, N.J. Photo: AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

By Fred Cromartie, Ed.D. |

In 2001 the United States Sports Academy named and first presented the C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award. The criteria for the award is as follows: “The C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award is presented to an individual who has experienced outstanding achievement as a coach for female teams. This person should exhibit a high standard of propriety, imagination, and innovation as a character-builder in the tradition of great teacher-coaches.”

Stringer herself demonstrated the honor of the naming of the award by her continued excellence in coaching by capturing her 1,000th victory last evening. Her Rutgers University team beat Central Connecticut State 73-44.

If you’re asking yourself who are the others in the elite group of women’s basketball coaches that have reached the 1,000-plus group they are as follows: Stanford University coach Tara VanDerveer at 1,038; University of Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma at 1,028; and University of North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell with 1,007.  The late University of Tennessee coach Pat Summit had 1,098 and Bentley University’s Barbara Stevens had 1,013.

Coach Stringer, congratulations on reaching and joining the exclusive 1000 win club.

The following contributed to the writing of this article:



Dr. Fred Cromartie is the Director of Doctoral Studies at the United States Sports Academy.


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