C. Vivian Stringer retirement: Dawn Staley, others react

C. Vivian Stringer retirement: Dawn Staley, others react

As the news of C. Vivian Stringer’s retirement spread throughout the sports world Saturday, a wave of reactions and plaudits for the legendary Rutgers women’s basketball coach quickly followed. 

Stringer, whose five-decade coaching career included 1,055 victories and 28 NCAA Tournament appearances, led the Scarlet Knights since 1995. 

Her retirement will be effective Sept. 1. 

Here’s some reaction that flooded social media: 

Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer smiles as she watches the video screen after Rutgers defeated Central Connecticut for her 1,000th career NCAA college basketball game win, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Piscataway, N.J.

Dawn Staley, South Carolina women’s basketball coach 

“Coach Stringer thank you for elevating our game. The strength of your shoulders allowed us to stand tall. We will forever keep your legacy in our hearts. Thank you Coach Stringer.”

Governor Phil Murphy 

“Wishing a happy retirement to Hall of Fame @RutgersWBB Head Coach @cvivianstringer! With a career spanning 50 years and over 1,000 wins, Coach Stringer is one of the greatest and most influential coaches of all time.”

Former President Bill Clinton

“Congratulations Coach @cvivianstringer on your retirement. I always loved watching your teams compete. Thanks for a remarkable career!”

Essence Carson, former Rutgers basketball and WNBA player

“Dear Maestro, I am who I am because of YOU. 1 sisterhood, 50 years, 1,055 wins, millions inspired. Love, E”