C. Vivian Stringer, the famed Rutgers women’s basketball coach whose name graces one of the United States Sports Academy’s Awards of Sport Medallions, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Stringer, the first women’s coach in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) history to lead three different teams to the Final Four, is the third winningest coach in women’s basketball history. She is also a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Academy’s C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award has been presented since 2002. It is presented to a woman who has experienced outstanding achievement as a coach. The recipient also must exhibit a high standard of propriety, imagination and innovation as a character-builder in the tradition of great teacher/coaches.

U.S. Olympic soccer coach Pia Sundhage was the most recent winner of the Stringer award for leading the Americans to their third gold medal in four Olympiads in Beijing.