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:
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”
Greg Schiano, Rutgers football coach
“Teacher. Hall of Famer. Coach. Pioneer. Friend. Congratulations on an incredible career, @cvivianstringer.”
Devin and Jason McCourty, NFL players and former Rutgers football players
“Honored we got to watch excellence up close during our time at Rutgers! Congrats coach on an outstanding career!!!”
Kim Barnes Arico, Michigan women’s basketball coach
“Thank you (Coach Stringer) for a life long commitment to women’s basketball. You have been an incredible mentor and role model for so many. #thegoat”
Diamond Johnson, former Rutgers player
“Coach stringer, C.Viv One of the greatest to ever do it. I’ve learned so much from you within a year that I will keep with me forever! Thanks for everything, women empowerment, your love for the sports, & every thing you’ve went through just to coach us and many more we love u”
Mike Teel, former Rutgers quarterback
“Congratulations to (Coach Stringer) on a groundbreaking and hall of fame career. The amazing part is the success (which there was a lot) wasn’t the most impressive part. The lives you changed and barriers you knocked down were. Enjoy the next chapter! #RutgersFamily #Rutgers”
Iowa women’s basketball
“An incredible career. An incredible woman. We’re forever grateful you are a Hawkeye Congratulations on your retirement, Coach (Stringer)!”
Chris Iseman is the Rutgers football beat writer for the USA TODAY Network-New Jersey. For unlimited access to all Rutgers analysis, news and more, please subscribe today and download our app.