(PISCATAWAY, N.J.) — C. Vivian Stringer became the fourth women’s college basketball coach to reach 900 wins when Rutgers beat South Florida 68-56 on Tuesday night.
“I think it’s beyond words,” said Stringer. “I’m happy that it’s over. I can hardly breathe. It’s over and now I can just coach and smile, and get back to what I love to do because it’s never been about numbers.”
“If it’s something special for all the generations of players and coaches that I’ve been a part of, then, yeah, I’m happy. But I’m looking forward to more,” Stringer continued.
Stringer is in her 42nd season as head coach and joined Jody Conradt, Sylvia Hatchell, and Pat Summitt on the 900 list.
“I am fortunate to call Vivian my friend and could not be happier that she has reached the 900-win milestone in her career. I have great respect and admiration for Vivian and consider her one of the great pioneers of our game,” Summitt said in a statement. “She has had an incredible journey, and I hope she adds many more to her `W’ column!”
Jim Boeheim, Bob Knight, and Mike Krzyzewski are the only three Division I men’s coaches who have also reached 900 victories.
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Jill Martin, CNN