New MAKER: Vivian Stringer

Basketball coach, Vivian Stringer, has always been a survivor, but her courage and perseverance became known nationwide in 2007 after she took the lead responding to the racist and sexist remarks made by Don Imus, about her Rutgers University women’s basketball team. The first coach in NCAA history to lead three different schools to the national semifinals, Stringer’s poise and strength has helped her both on the court and off. When publically responding to Imus’s derogatory remarks, it was Stringer’s leadership and commitment to her team that guided her decisions.


Stringer has established herself as one of the most successful coaches in women’s basketball, receiving numerous awards and accolades throughout her career. Find out more about Stringer by visiting her profile. Learn about what it was like for her to grow up in Appalachia, in a coalmining community. Discover how she feels about the label “tomboy,” and what she thinks about Title IX.