Interview: Stringer, C. Vivian, 2009


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Interview: Stringer, C. Vivian, 2009
Stringer, C. Vivian
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Jenkins, Vanity
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New Brunswick, New Jersey
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C. Vivian Stringer is the former head coach of the Rutgers University women’s basketball team from 1995 to 2022. Stringer holds the distinction of being the first coach, men’s or women’s, in NCAA history to lead three different women’s programs to the NCAA Final Four. She is the fifth all-time winningest coach in women’s basketball. She was formerly the head coach of the University of Iowa women’s basketball team and the Cheyney State women’s basketball team. Stringer was the 2001 inductee into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. She is the three-time national coach of the year and was the assistant coach for the gold medal-winning 2004 U.S. Olympic team. In 2009 In 2018, she won her 1,000th game as a head coach, which made her the first African-American college basketball coach to win 1,000 games.

She was honored with the degree of Honorary Doctor of Humanities from Howard University on May 10, 2008, the university's 140th commencement address. She was also inducted as an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority on July 15, 2008 during the sorority's Centennial Ball in Washington, DC. Stringer is also the author of the autobiographical book “Standing Tall: A Memoir of Tragedy and Triumph”.

C. Vivian Stringer discusses the leadership style she has developed over her years as a coach and the particular responsibility she feels as a black woman in a leadership position. She also talks about the way she helps transforms the lives of young women and ends with advice she gives to the interviewer as a young woman with hopes of leadership in her future.
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This interview was conducted by IWL Leadership Scholars as part of an ongoing intergenerational interview program at the Institute for Women's Leadership. Since the inception of the Leadership Scholars Certificate Program in the fall of 1999, students have conducted annual interviews with outstanding women leaders. Select transcripts from the collection are accessible on the IWL website.
Institute for Women's Leadership (IWL), Rutgers University–New Brunswick
For permission to use interview excerpts from the Women's Leadership Interview Archive, contact the Institute for Women's Leadership at Rutgers University–New Brunswick at
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New Brunswick, New Jersey

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