Rutgers’ C. Vivian Stringer becomes sixth Division I coach to win 1,000 games

Rutgers women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer is now in elite company.

Stringer became just the sixth college basketball coach ever to win 1,000 games at the Division I level when the Scarlet Knights defeated Central Connecticut State 73-44 Tuesday. She joins Tennessee legend Pat Summitt (1,098), Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer (1,038), Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma (1,027) and North Carolina’s Sylvia Hatchell (1,007) as the only women’s basketball coaches to reach the plateau.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski (1,102) has eclipsed the mark on the men’s side.

Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer is now the 6th Division 1 coach to reach 1,000 wins.

“I have seen it all,” Stringer said before Tuesday’s game, via ESPN. “This game teaches you how to be humble, appreciative, respectful of others. I’ve been able to teach a lot of life’s lessons. To not be disrespectful of the game and other people. To teach what it means to have everybody going in the same direction, and ultimately getting to that special spot, where you know that you’re the best.” 

Stringer, 70, has a contract with the Scarlet Knights through the 2021 season. She has been at Rutgers since 1995 and has helped the team to four Final Four appearances.

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