Does coaching make a difference? Do college athletes gain
anything more than game skills in the course of their careers?
Given the money and attention that sports receive in our culture,
these questions are frequently asked. We offer the updates below
on some of the players from Coach Stringer’s 2000-01 team
as anecdotal evidence for anyone looking to draw conclusions.
And before anyone thinks that things like championships, record
books, awards, press clippings and diplomas are the only measure,
we conclude with these widely reported statistics from the Institute
for Athletics and Education:
High school girls who play sports are:
- 80% less likely to be involved in an unwanted pregnancy
- 92% less likely to be involved with drugs
- Three times more likely to graduate from high school
As quoted in “Psychology of sports in children: what girls
learn from athletics” by Mary Miller
Dana Boonen (‘01) has been playing professionally in France,
Belgium and Spain.
Mandy Clark (‘04) is playing for the Division I Delaware
State Hornets. She is a frequent high-scorer.
Davalyn Cunningham (’02)
has been playing professionally in Portugal. In 2002 she was the
selection of the Orlando Miracle.
Linda Miles tried out for the Seattle Storm during
the summer of 2001, but was cut in training camp.
In 2002, she won the World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) “Tough
Enough 2” competition on MTV, earning one of the two
wrestling contracts the group awards. She continues
to appear in WWE events,
now under the name Shaniqua.
Tasha Pointer was listed on the training camp roster for
the Chicago Blaze, a team
in the NWBL Pro League, as of January 2004.
She has also completed a Masters degree in Education.
Tammy Sutton-Brown has completed two
seasons as a center on the Charlotte Sting.
She helped them win the 2001 Eastern Conference Title
and was one of their highest scorers
in the finals against the LA Sparks. In 2002,
Tammy was a WNBA All-Star, and once again
helped lead her team to
the 2002 WNBA
Playoffs. She averaged 11.9 points and 6.0
rebounds per game as a second-year player,
starting 29 of
Coach Stringer earned her 650th career victory against Seton Hall
in January of 2002. As of January 2004, she was the fourth winningest
coach in women’s basketball.
Coach Stringer talks about herself as a symbol
» watch the video
Marianna Freeman, a Coach Stringer Alumna
» watch the video
“Benefits of Investing in Sport” by the Edmonton Sports
Copious statistics and a lengthy list of additional resources.
site following the Scarlet Knights in the pros
Official site for the WNBA
site for NCAA Women’s Basketball
to articles from the 2000-2001 Season
Injersey.com’ (New Jersey’s Home on the Internet) archive
of Rutgers’ basketball stories for 2001