June 11, 2020
C. Vivian Stringer announced as finalist for New Jersey Hall of Fame
The coaching veteran recognized among the Garden State's finest
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Rutgers women’s basketball head coach C. Vivian Stringer was announced as one of 50 finalists for the New Jersey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019-2020, the program announced Wednesday.
The 42-year coaching veteran is a two-time WBCA National Coach of the Year, having led her teams to four Big East championships, six Big Ten championships and four Final Four appearances during her tenures at Cheyney State, Iowa and Rutgers. Stringer eclipsed 1000 career wins in November 2018.
The 50 nominees for the Class of 2019-2020 are sectioned across five categories: Arts & Letters, Enterprise, Performing Arts, Public Service and Sports. Stringer — already a 2009 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee — joins nine other nominees in the sports category including two other Rutgers legends, women’s basketball all-time leading scorer Sue Wicks and former Athletic Director Bob Mulcahy.
Other sports nominees include former NBA legend Rick Barry, former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and current MLB superstar Mike Trout.
The Hall of Fame’s selection committee designates the top vote-getter in each category for automatic induction, while the remaining inductees are chosen based on a combination of factors including votes, committee guidelines and availability.
Historically, the size of each class has varied, with the most recent Class of 2018 containing 17 inductees. This will be mark the New Jersey Hall of Fame’s 12th class, having hosted its first ceremony in 2008. It plans to debut a physical location inside of the American Dream Mall in East Rutherford sometime in 2021.
The public is invited to vote for this year’s class here until the end of June, with the finalists to be announced in mid-July.