NEWARK, NJ — Rutgers women's basketball head coach C. Vivian Stringer and former Rutgers Athletic Director Bob Mulcahy will be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2019-20, it was announced Wednesday.
The 12th annual induction ceremony will be a 1-hour virtual pre-recorded event on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, and will be broadcast on several television, radio and prominent social media platforms throughout New Jersey. Other inductees in the 2019-20 class include Eli Manning, Rick Barry, Ed Harris and Anne Hathaway.
"These Garden State heroes perfectly represent what makes our state great," said Jon F. Hanson, chairman of the NJHOF. "It's our privilege to honor Coach Stringer and Mr. Mulcahy for their outstanding contributions to our state."
Stringer and Mulcahy will join a prestigious list of the Garden State's best and brightest in the New Jersey Hall of Fame, including Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Yogi Berra and Buzz Aldrin.
Stringer continues to be a pioneer, visionary and leader approaching her fifth decade of success on the hardwood, a legacy cemented in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 alongside fellow greats Michael Jordan, David Robinson, John Stockton and Jerry Sloan. Stringer made history in 2018 as she eclipsed the monumental 1,000 career victory milestone, one of five NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches to reach the elite plateau. With 49 seasons on the sidelines, Stringer became the first coach in NCAA basketball history to take three different schools to the Final Four, including Rutgers' two trips in 2000 and 2007. The Edenborn, Pa. native has compiled an overall record of 1041-421, which ranks fifth all-time among NCAA women's basketball coaching victories.
Mulcahy is a pioneer in New Jersey athletics and a Class of 2017 Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame inductee. He served as Director of Athletics at Rutgers from 1998 to 2009 and was instrumental in building the football program toward national prominence. Coming off a winless season the year before his arrival, he worked steadfastly to improve conditions for the program. In 2005, his efforts were realized when the Scarlet Knights made their first postseason appearance in nearly 30 years. Mulcahy also obtained funding from the state legislature for a massive renovation of the university's athletic facilities, raised the athletics department's endowment and secured increased television coverage for the football program. Mulcahy positively affected student-athlete welfare, putting an emphasis on academics and community service. He initiated significant upgrades in athlete tutoring and supervision programs, boosting Rutgers to one of the top academic departments in the nation. Prior to joining Rutgers, Mulcahy served as president and CEO of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) for 19 years.
The New Jersey Hall of Fame recently executed a 45-year lease for 15,000 square feet for a physical Hall of Fame at the American Dream complex in East Rutherford. Construction will begin this fall and a ribbon cutting celebration is scheduled for December 2021. Stringer and Mulcahy's stories and careers will be showcased alongside other Jersey legends on display at a venue hosting more than 40 million people patrons each year.
The New Jersey Hall of Fame has also recently formed a partnership with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and created a Michael Graves designed poster exhibit and state-of-the-art holograms at Terminals A & B at Newark International Airport.
The New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2019-2020 (with occupation, name, N.J. town):
|Arts & Letters:||Public Service:|
|Charles Addams*, Westfield, Cartoonist and creator of The Addams Family||Dr. Virginia Apgar*, Westfield, Anesthesiologist and inventor of the Apgar Score|
|Stephen Crane*, Newark, Author of The Red Badge of Courage||Sister Jane Brady, Paterson, Former president and CEO of St. Joseph's Health|
|Joyce Kilmer*, New Brunswick, Journalist, literary critic and poet best known for "Trees"||General Martin Dempsey, Jersey City, Former Army general and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, USA Basketball chair|
|Fran Lebowitz, Morristown, World-renowned author and public speaker||Alfred Driscoll*, Haddonfield, 43rd Governor of New Jersey and president of Warner-Lambert|
|Mort Pye*, Tewksbury, 31-year editor of The Star-Ledger||Milton Friedman*, Rahway, Noble Prize-winning economist|
|The Borg Family, Hackensack, Former owners and publishers of The Record||Rick Barry, Roselle Park, NBA player named one of 50 greatest in history|
|Linda Bowden, East Brunswick, N.J. regional president at PNC Bank and N.J. Chamber of Commerce board chair||Gerry Cooney, Fanwood, Two-time boxing heavyweight contender|
|Fairleigh Dickinson*, Rutherford, Co-Founder of Fortune 500 company Becton Dickinson, benefactor of Fairleigh Dickinson University||Eli Manning, Summit, Former NY Giant quarterback and two-time Super Bowl MVP|
|Steve Kalafer, Flemington, Chairman of the Flemington Car and Truck Country Family of Brands||Robert Mulcahy, III, Mendham, Former athletic director of Rutgers University|
|Joseph Simunovich*, West New York, Former Hudson County freeholder director and chairman of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority||C. Vivian Stringer, Piscataway, Head coach of the Rutgers University women's basketball team|
|Arts & Entertainment:|
|Danny Aiello*, Ramsey, Academy Award-nominated actor|
|John Amos, Newark, Roots and Good Times actor|
|Mary Chapin Carpenter, Princeton, Five-time Grammy award winner, singer-songwriter|
|Ed Harris, Tenafly, Multiple award-winning actor|
|Anne Hathaway, Millburn, Academy and Emmy Award-winning actor|
|Cissy Houston, Newark, Grammy Award-winning soul and gospel singer|
|Ernie Kovacs*, Trenton, Emmy Award-winning and influential comedian, actor and writer|
|The Nelson Family (Ozzie, Harriet and Ricky)*, Jersey City, Stars of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet|
|Flip Wilson*, Jersey City, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning host of The Flip Wilson Show, comedian and actor|
*-Being honored posthumously.