Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer receives five-year extension
4/14/2021 8:09:07 PM EST
Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer received a five-year extension through the 2025-26 season, Rutgers announced Wednesday.
According to the university, Stringer is guaranteed $5.5 million in compensation during the contract. The deal includes performance incentives and retention bonuses.
Stringer has compiled a 1,055-426 record in 50 seasons as a head coach, the past 26 coming at Rutgers. She ranks fifth on the women's all-time victories list behind Stanford's Tara VanDerveer, Connecticut's Geno Auriemma, former Massachusetts coach Barbara Stevens and former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt.
"Rutgers is family, and I'm proud to be given the opportunity to continue a tradition of excellence with the next generation of Scarlet Knights," Stringer said in a news release. "This is what I love to do, and I do it today with as much care and passion as when I began."
The 73-year-old Stringer also coached Cheyney State (1971-83) and Iowa (1983-95) before taking the Rutgers job.
She took all three programs to the Final Four -- Cheyney State in 1982, Iowa in 1993 and Rutgers in 2000 and 2007.
The Scarlet Knights went 14-5 this season and lost to BYU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
"Coach Stringer has had an immeasurable impact on the lives of the many women who have come through our program over the years," Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs said in the news release. "She is a giant in the world of college athletics and beyond. Her many accomplishments -- 1,000 wins, Final Four appearances, being inducted into several Halls of Fame, and countless awards and honors speak for themselves.
"She is an inspiration to all of us, and we are proud to have her build on that legacy and continue to inspire future Scarlet Knights."
Stringer was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
--Field Level Media
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