Some of basketball's biggest names congratulate C. Vivian Stringer on becoming the 6th Division I coach to join the 1,000-win club

  • With the Rutgers Scarlet Knights’ 73-44 win over the Central Connecticut Blue Devils Tuesday, head coach C. Vivian Stringer became the sixth coach in Division I basketball – and the first African American coach – to earn 1,000 wins in her career.
  • Stringer was the first head coach in NCAA women’s basketball history to lead teams from three different schools to the Final Four, including Rutgers in 2000 and 2007, the University of Iowa in 1993, and Cheyney State College in 1982.
  • The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame coach received praise from some big names in the world of basketball after reaching the milestone Tuesday night.

With the Rutgers Scarlet Knights’ 73-44 win over the Central Connecticut Blue Devils Tuesday, head coach C. Vivian Stringer became the sixth Division I basketball coach – and the first African American – to earn 1,000 wins in her career.

This was not Stringer’s first time making history. The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame coach was also the first head coach in NCAA women’s basketball history to lead teams from three different schools to the Final Four, including Rutgers in 2000 and 2007, the University of Iowa in 1993, and Cheyney State College in 1982. With a 1,000-420 career record, Stringer joins legendary coaches Pat Summit of Tennessee, Geno Auriemma of Connecticut, Tara VanDerveer of Stanford, Sylvia Hatchell of North Carolina, and Mike Krzyzewski of Duke in the elusive 1,000-win club.

“It doesn’t cement anything, but that it’s a lot of games,” Stringer said, per Brigitte Williams James of the New York Post. “It means people have trusted me to coach their teams, the young ladies have given me and my staff a chance. They believe in me. I thank God for that.”

Some of the biggest names in the world of basketball congratulated Stringer on the major accomplishment Tuesday night, including Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, and all of the other living members of the 1,000-win club:

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant weighed in:

Some fellow Rutgers coaches expressed their admiration for their colleague:

USWNT star Carli Lloyd also got in on the action:

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy was at the Rutgers Athletic Center for the historic feat:

And, last but not least, Hillary Clinton took to Twitter to send some praise Stringer’s way:

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