C.Vivian Stringer, the head coach of the Scarlet Knights women’s basketball team, joined an elite group of only five Division I women’s basketball coaches when she logged her 1,000th victory last November. In 48 seasons as head coach, Stringer, a 2009 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, brought three programs to the brink of national titles—the first collegiate coach in either men’s or women’s basketball to do so. She led Cheyney State College to the Final Four in 1982 (the NCAA’s first year sponsoring a national championship for women’s basketball), the University of Iowa in 1993, and Rutgers, where she arrived in 1995, in 2000 and 2007. The Scarlet Knights went 22-10 (13-5, Big Ten) in 2018–19, qualifying for the NCAA tournament but losing in the first round.

Fred “Moose” Hill Sr., the winningest head coach in university history (941-658-7), died earlier this year at the age of 84 as the 2019 Scarlet Knights baseball season was getting underway. Hill led the Rutgers team for 30 years, developing several players, including Eric Young Sr. LC’89, RBS’89, David DeJesus, and Todd Frazier, into major leaguers before he retired in 2014. “Fred Hill was more than a hall of fame coach,” says Pat Hobbs, the director of athletics at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. “He was a hall of fame person.”