Report: Stringer to enter Hall of Fame

April 3, 2009 5:49:52 PM PDT
Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer is set to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, according to a person familiar with the details. Stringer, the third winningest coach in women's basketball, is among 16 finalists who include Michael Jordan, David Robinson, John Stockton and WNBA star Cynthia Cooper.

A news conference is scheduled for Monday in Detroit, site of the NCAA men's Final Four. A person familiar with the arrangements confirmed Stringer's selection Friday, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the class has not yet been announced.

The Class of 2009 will be enshrined in September.

Stringer, who has led three separate teams to the Final Four in her 38-year career, has an 825-280 career mark spanning four decades. She trails only Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt on the career victories list.

Stringer was honored to be named a finalist in mid-February.

"The Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame is one of those breathless, high emotional entities that speak to the elite (and) the best in the game," she said last month.

Stringer guided Rutgers (21-13) to its fifth straight regional semifinals trip this season - in what was one of her most difficult years. The Scarlet Knights were predicted to finish second in the conference behind Connecticut but ended up in seventh place.

They started the season ranked No. 5 in The Associated Press preseason poll but fell out of the Top 25 after losing three straight to start off January.

Rutgers upset second-seed Auburn at home in the second round before falling to Purdue in the Oklahoma City regional semifinals.

Stringer got her start in 1973 at Cheyney State, sharing a cramped gym with legendary men's coach John Chaney. She took over a new program and in 12 years there guided the school to the Final Four in 1982.

After Cheyney State, Stringer moved on to Iowa, where she stayed for 12 seasons, taking the Hawkeyes to the Final Four in 1993 before leaving for Rutgers.


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