NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - C. Vivian Stringer, Rutgers University's women's basketball coach, will receive the John R. Wooden Award's "Legends of Coaching" honor next year.
Stringer, who won her 1,000th career game as coach last season, will be recognized during the Wooden Award Weekend April 9-10, 2020, as a part of the Los Angeles Athletic Club's celebration of the greatest players and coaches in men's and women's college basketball.
She will be awarded the honor during the sixth annual ESPN College Basketball Awards on April 10.
The "Legends of Coaching" award was launched in 1999. Since honorees have been selected based on character, success on the court, graduation rate of student-athletes in their basketball program, coaching philosophy and identification with the goals of the John R. Wooden Award.
Stringer has spent 48 years as a head coach, including 24 at Rutgers.
Last season, she became the fifth coach in NCAA Division I women's basketball to surpass the 1,000-career win milestone. She ranks sixth all-time.
In 2009, Coach Stringer was enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in a class that included Wooden Award winners Michael Jordan (1984-North Carolina) and David Robinson (1987-Navy).
Her contributions to the sport go beyond the court. Stringer was instrumental in the development of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund, created in the fall of 2007. The Foundation, in partnership with the V Foundation for Cancer Research, is an initiative to fight breast cancer. She also serves on the U.S. Department of State's Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports.
Coach Stringer will be the fifth women's basketball coach and fourth woman to receive the prestigious award. She is also the second African American and first African American woman bestowed with the honor.
Coach Stringer is back to work full-time after taking a leave of absence at the end of last season. She has recently revealed that she was suffering from exhaustion.