Feb. 13, 2004
Award Presentation Video
Clip located towards bottom of audio/video page
This morning, UCLA women's track and field head coach Jeanette Bolden was presented the prestigious C. Vivian Stringer Award by Dr. Robert S. Block, founding trustee of the United States Sports Academy.
The C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award is presented to a woman who has experienced outstanding achievement as a coach. This person should exhibit a high standard of propriety, imagination and innovation as a character-builder in the tradition of great teacher-coaches.
The award is named after C. Vivian Stringer, who is in her 10th season as the head women's basketball coach at Rutgers. In her 33rd year as a head coach, Stringer was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001. The fourth winningest coach in women's basketball, Stringer is the only coach in women's or men's basketball to take three different schools to the NCAA Final Four (Rutgers 2000, Iowa 1993, Cheyney 1982).
Past winners of this prestigious women's coaching honor, established in 2002, have been Amy Ruley (2002), highly successful women's basketball coach at North Dakota State and Sarah Patterson (2003), legendary women's gymnastics coach at Alabama.
The U. S. Sports Academy presents awards each year, including its Awards of Sport program, to pay tribute to those who have made significant contributions to sport, in categories as diverse as the artist and the athlete in several different arenas of sport. The awards have expanded over the years to honor exemplary achievement in coaching, all-around athletic performance, courage, humanitarian activity, fitness and media, as well as the top professional athletes of the year.
The C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award is part of the U. S. Academy's Medallion Series, recognizing achievement in the various categories of sport, ranging from the sport artist to the disabled athlete, with many levels of recognition in between. Recipients are selected according t o the process outlined for each award. The final ballot is prepared by the Academy Club, the Cabinet and presented to the Board of Trustees for ratification.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, special mission graduate school of sport dedicated to serving this nation and the world through programs of instruction, research and service. The Academy has a rich history of addressing the need to provide quality, sport-specific programs. The Academy is located in Daphne, Alabama, on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay.