Amy Ruley, the legendary former North Dakota State women’s basketball coach and recipient of the United States Sports Academy’s inaugural C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award in 2001, was inducted into the Minnesota Girls’ Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Ruley compiled an impressive 671-198 record during 29 seasons at North Dakota State. She won five National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II national titles in 1991 and four straight from 1993 to 1996. She became North Dakota State’s associate athletic director for development after the 2008 season.
Ruley was inducted into the North Dakota State Sports Hall of Fame in 2000, and was No. 8 on the “50 Greatest Sports Figures in North Dakota” as selected by the staff of Sports Illustrated in 2000.
The C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award is named in honor of Stringer, the only woman to take three different schools to the Women’s Final Four. She is currently the head coach at Rutgers. The award is presented to an individual coaching a female team who exhibits a high standard of propriety, imagination, and innovation as a character-builder in the tradition of great teacher-coaches.