SRU Good News for April 9, 2009
SRU graduate C. Vivian Stringer earns hall of fame honors
C. Vivian Stringer, a Slippery Rock University graduate and head women's basketball coach at Rutgers University, has been elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2009. Fellow class members include National Basketball Association legends Michael Jordan, David Robinson and John Stockton.
"I am absolutely speechless," Stringer told Rutgers Athletic News. "In February when I learned I was a finalist I explained my amazement, and I am still in complete shock. I love the game of basketball. It is truly my passion. To be recognized for a job that I have spent the better part of 40 years doing is astounding."
Stringer, a 1970 and 1973 SRU graduate, is ranked third all-time in wins in collegiate women's basketball history, second among active coaches. She is the first coach to take three different teams - Cheney State, Iowa and Rutgers - to the women's Final Four.
A 2001 Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, Stringer has led her teams to 22 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including nine regional victories and 41 total victories. This year's team made to the Sweet 16 tournament. She was an assistant coach for the 2004 Women's U.S. Olympic Team in Athens.
An induction ceremony will take place Sept. 10-12 in Springfield, Mass., home of the Naismith Hall of Fame. The hall of fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level worldwide - professional, collegiate, men and women.
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