She fought back tears of joy when Rutgers beat South Florida 68-56 on Tuesday night. This wasn’t just any usual win. It was the 900th win and head coach Vivian Stringer joins an elite group of head coaches to reach this milestone.
She is now the fourth women’s college basketball coach to reach 900 wins thanks to Erica Wheeler who scored 24 points.
“I think it’s beyond words,” said Stringer, whose record stands at 900-330. “I’m happy that it’s over. I can hardly breathe. It’s over and now I can just coach and smile, and get back to what I love to do because it’s never been about numbers.
“If it’s something special for all the generations of players and coaches that I’ve been a part of, then, yeah, I’m happy. But I’m looking forward to more.”
Stringer, a Hall of Famer going into her 42nd season as the head coach joins Pat Summit, Slyvia Hatchell, Jody Conradt who reach the important mark on February 7th. Pat Summit had encouraging words for Stringer who she considers a friend:
“I am fortunate to call Vivian my friend and could not be happier that she has reached the 900-win milestone in her career. I have great respect and admiration for Vivian and consider her one of the great pioneers of our game,” Summitt said in a statement. “She has had an incredible journey, and I hope she adds many more to her `W’ column!”
Join us Jersey Girl Sports fam as we celebrate with the Rutgers family giving a round of applause and support for another woman who makes her way in sports. What a great moment for Stringer and she agreed:
“When I look back on my life, this team, probably this year, best reflects what 900 has been.”
Well said Stringer.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,