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Former CU Coach C. Vivian Stringer Reaches 900 Wins

Lenn Margolies

February 26, 2013

Former Cheyney Unviersity Women's Basketball Coach C. Vivian Stringer became the fourth women’s basketball coach to reach 900 wins

Former Cheyney Unviersity Women's Basketball Coach C. Vivian Stringer became the fourth women’s basketball coach to reach 900 wins

On Tuesday, former Cheyney University Women's Basketball Coach C. Vivian Stringer became the fourth women’s basketball coach to reach 900 wins. After Rutgers snapped a four-game losing streak, she picked up her 900th victory as the Scarlett Knights beat South Florida. It was a historical win for Stringer and Rutgers, putting her in the 900-win group of women's coaches, joining Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt and Sylvia Hatchell.

Stringer was the first coach, male or female, to take three programs to the Final Four. Now in her 42nd season as a head coach, she is a Naismith Hall of Famer and three-time national coach of the year. Stringer's teams have appeared in 25 of 31 NCAA tournaments, reaching the Elite Eight on 10 occasions. She has a career .732 winning percentage. Career highlights include:
 
1971-83 Cheyney 251-51
Stringer lost just three games in each of her final three seasons at Cheyney University and posted an .831 winning percentage over 12 seasons at CU.  On March 26, 1982, Cheyney defeated Maryland 77-76 to earn a spot in the first women's NCAA national championship game.
 
1983-95 Iowa 269-84
Stringer spent another 12 seasons at Iowa, taking the Hawkeyes to nine NCAA tournament appearances. Despite Iowa winning just seven games the season before she arrived, Stringer led the program to the NCAA tournament in just her third season in Iowa City. Stringer's Hawkeyes produced 10 seasons of at least 20 victories. In 1993, she became the first coach in history to take a second program to the Final Four.
 
1995-96 Rutgers 13-15
Stringer won her first game as Rutgers' coach, a 69-67 upset of No. 7 Penn State at the RAC on Nov. 25, 1995. In January, Rutgers earned its first Big East victory, beating Providence at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Then Rutgers recorded its first advance sellout for a women's basketball game as 7,793 fans packed the RAC on Feb. 18, 1996, to watch the Scarlet Knights host Connecticut.
 
1996-97 Rutgers 11-17
Despite the overall record, Rutgers went 8-10 to finish tied for second in the Big East. The Scarlet Knights won six of their final 10 games before the season ended in the conference tournament.
 
1997-98 Rutgers 22-10
After two losing seasons at Rutgers, Stringer led the Scarlet Knights to her first 20-win season and first Sweet 16 since she arrived in Piscataway, N.J.
 
1998-99 Rutgers 29-6
For the first time in program history, Rutgers won three games in the NCAA tournament, including an upset of second-seeded Texas Tech.
 
1999-2000 Rutgers 26-8
It was a season full of celebrations. Stringer won her 600th game in December. In February, the Scarlet Knights set a Louis Brown Athletic Center record with a sold-out crowd of 8,579. And in March, Stringer became the first coach, male or female, to lead a third program to the Final Four. Rutgers lost to Tennessee in the national semifinals.
 
 2000-01 Rutgers 23-8
In just the second advance sellout in Rutgers' women's basketball history, Rutgers stunned top-ranked Notre Dame 54-53 on Feb. 17, 2001. It was the Irish's first loss of the season.
 
2001-02 Rutgers 9-20
Before the season, Stringer was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn. The class also includes former Rutgers mentor Theresa Grentz.
 
2002-03 Rutgers 21-8
 
Rutgers wrapped up one of the biggest turnarounds in Division I history, winning 12 more games than the previous season to find its way back into the NCAA tournament.
 
2003-04 Rutgers 21-12
Stringer guided the program to its 600th victory, beating St. Peter's in the Preseason WNIT opener.
 
2004-05 Rutgers 28-7
Rutgers went 14-2 in league play to win its first outright Big East regular-season title. Earlier in the season, the Scarlet Knights defeated three top-10 teams (No. 1 LSU, No. 4 Texas and No. 8 Tennessee) in a 10-day span.
 
2005-06 Rutgers 27-5
Rutgers was a perfect 16-0 in the Big East regular season, with an 18-point rally to beat Connecticut in the finale.
 
2006-07 Rutgers 27-9
Fresh off winning its first Big East tournament championship, Rutgers then came from behind to upset No. 1 overall seed Duke in the Sweet 16, avenging a 40-point loss to the Blue Devils from earlier in the season. Rutgers reached its first national title game, which it lost to Tennessee.
 
2007-08 Rutgers 27-7
On Feb. 27, 2008, Rutgers beat DePaul 60-46, making Stringer the third Division I women's basketball coach to win 800 games.
 
2008-09 Rutgers 21-13
 On Sept. 11, 2009, Stringer was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, part of a class that included Michael Jordan and David Robinson. Stringer thanked "all my basketball daughters" for "the privilege you have given me to stand here and be a basketball coach."
 
2009-10 Rutgers 18-15
Rutgers ended the season in the NCAA first round, breaking the streak of seven consecutive seasons with at least 20 wins.
 
2010-11 Rutgers  20-13
As a No. 7 seed, Rutgers beat Louisiana Tech in the first round of the NCAA tournament but was eliminated in the second round with a loss to second-seeded Texas A&M, the eventual NCAA champ.
 
2011-12 Rutgers 22-10 
Rutgers earned a No. 6 seed, but it had to play 11th-seeded Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash., in the first round and lost 86-73.
 
2012-13 Rutgers 15-12
 
After DePaul, UConn, Syracuse and St. John's denied Stringer win No. 900, the milestone finally arrived Tuesday in Piscataway with a win over South Florida.
 
Total  900-329
 
 Only three other women's coaches have won 900 games: Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt and Sylvia Hatchell.