SRU Good News for Sept. 11, 2009
SRU's Stringer enters Basketball Hall of Fame tonight
C. Vivian Stringer, a 1970 and 1973 Slippery Rock University physical education graduate and the current head women's basketball coach at Rutgers University, will be enshrined tonight in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
According to event organizers, the ceremony will take place at Springfield's Symphony Hall so as to accommodate more than 2,500 people who are expected to attend. SRU fans everywhere can watch the induction ceremony, airing live on ESPN tonight at 6:30 p.m.
Stringer is a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and a National Coach of the Year. She was the assistant coach for the women's 2004 U.S. Olympic team, which won a Gold Medal in Athens.
She began her illustrious coaching career at Cheyney State in 1971. She compiled a 251-51 ledger in 12 seasons, taking the Lady Wolves to the first-ever women's basketball national championship game in 1982. Stringer was at the helm at the University of Iowa from 1983-1995, reaching the Final Four in 1993.
Stringer has led Rutgers to two Final Four appearances during her 13-year tenure (2000, 2007). In 2000, she became the first coach - male or female - to take three different programs to the Final Four.
Hall of Fame coach John Chaney will present Stinger at tonight's ceremony. Stringer, a best-selling author and motivational speaker known for her gift of gab, told media that she's "a wreck" just thinking about the enshrinement ceremony.
"I still don't have it together," she said. "I can't believe this. It's the most difficult speech I've ever even attempted to write. I'm frustrated. I change it every day. I'm not satisfied. I can't find the words. I think I should just stand there and say 'thank you,' because there is nothing I can say that can begin to demonstrate how I really feel. I'm paralyzed."
"You would think I would get over that after [the announcement] being seven months ago, but I really can't."
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