NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - C. Vivian Stringer will be back for her 25th season as coach of the Rutgers women's basketball team.
A school spokesperson confirmed Friday morning that the 71-year-old coach who has amassed 1,091 victories and widespread respect over a 48-season career has resumed her duties as coach.
Stringer took a leave of absence with about three weeks left in this past season to tend to an unspecified health issue.
"She's back and she looks great," said Kimberly Zivkovich, the Director of Athletic Communications for the women's basketball program. "She's back at Rutgers. We're happy to have her back."
When asked if there are any limitations on her work because of her health, Zivkovich said, "I can't comment on that. That's something she would have to comment on."
Stringer was not available for comment, but the college basketball world took notice when reports about her return began to circulate Thursday.
The list of accomplishments and accolades is long for this daughter of a coal miner.
By the time she won her 1,000 games during the 2018-19 campaign, she had already been inducted into the Naismith and Women's Basketball halls of fame.
She is the first coach in men’s or women’s basketball history to take three different schools to the Final Four (Cheyney in 1982, Iowa in 1993 and Rutgers, in 2000 and 2007).
Stringer has compiled an overall record of 1019-412, which ranks sixth all-time among NCAA women’s basketball coaching victories, and was the fifth coach in NCAA Division I women's basketball history to surpass the 1,000 career win milestone.
While at Rutgers for the last 24 seasons, Stringer has registered 499-277 mark. She has led the Scarlet Knights to 16 NCAA Tournaments, including two Final Four appearances, as well as the WNIT Championship in 2014.
NJ Advance Media first reported that Stringer was returning. Athletic director Pat Hobbs made the revelation at Big Ten Football Media Day in Chicago.