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C. Vivian Stringer

A coal miner’s daughter, C. Vivian Stringer learned a valuable lesson from her parents growing up in the small town of Edenborn, PA. “Work hard and don’t look for excuses, and you can achieve anything.” The lesson has stuck with the legendary coach who has turned tragedy into triumph. The first coach, male or female, to take three different schools to the Final Four, Stringer has been a visionary and a pioneer winning more than 800 victories while catapulting three programs to national prominence. In 1971, barely out of college herself, Stringer began her coaching career at Cheyney State where she coached alongside John Chaney, sharing a gym and a coaching philosophy. Stringer led the historically black college into the first NCAA women’s Final Four in 1982 and just eleven years later landed in the Final Four again, this time at the University of Iowa. Stringer headed back east in 1995 building Rutgers University into a national program and reaching two Final Fours. The C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award, founded in 2002 by the U.S. Sports Academy, is presented annually to a woman who has experienced outstanding achievement as a coach.

Enshrined

2009

Born

March 16, 1948 Edenborn, PA

College

Cheyney State Iowa Rutgers

Career Stats

3x NATIONAL
COACH OF THE YEAR
1982, 1988, 1993
29 20 WIN SEASONS
2001 ENSHRINED IN WOMEN'S
BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME
1st COACH TO LEAD
3 DIFFERENT SCHOOLS
TO NCAA FINAL FOUR
1 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL
2004
2002 CREATED
C. VIVIAN STRINGER AWARD
FOR OUTSTANDING FEMALE COACH