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Sue Wicks

Sue Wicks (Basketball.  Born, Center Moriches, NY, Nov. 26, 1966.)  A Long Island high school star, Susan Joy Wicks turned Rutgers into an Eastern power in women’s basketball during a four-year career in which she scored 2,655 points in 126 games.  Wicks was a three-time all-America (1986-88) for the Lady Knights and was the Atlantic […]

Gary Waters

Gary Waters (College basketball.  Born, Detroit, MI, Aug. 15, 1951.)  Named 15th head coach of Rutgers basketball Apr. 6, 2001, Gary Steven Walters led the Scarlet Knights to the N.I.T. three times in his five seasons as head coach.  In his first season in Piscataway, the team went 18-13, and in his third (2003-04), the school reached its […]

Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson (Football.  Born, Princeton, NJ, Apr. 9, 1898; died, Philadelphia, PA, Jan. 23, 1976.)  One of the most complex and controversial figures in recent American history, Paul Bustill Robeson was also one of the most talented and versatile.  Robeson first gained fame as an all-America end on the Rutgers football team (1917-18).  Athletic brilliance […]

C. Vivian Stringer

C. Vivian Stringer  (College basketball.  Born, Edenborn, PA, Mar. 16, 1948.)  When Charlene Vivian Stringer coached Rutgers’ 2000 women’s basketball team to the Final Four, she became the first coach to lead three different schools into the women’s Final Four.  (The Lady Knights lost their semifinal game to Tennessee, 64-54).  Stringer had previously coached both Cheney (Penna.) and Iowa (1993) to […]

Charley Jones

Charley Jones (College basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, July 17, 1975.)  Since 1948, when official records began, only eight men have led the nation’s major college players in scoring in successive years.  One of them is Charles Rahmel Jones of L.I.U., the national collegiate scoring leader in 1996-97 and 1997-98.  Jones came out of Brooklyn’s Bishop […]

Bob Lloyd

Bob Lloyd (College basketball. Born, Upper Darby, PA, Oct. 5, 1945.) A relentless offensive guard, Robert Lloyd was Rutgers’ first great scorer and helped put the school on the road to big-time basketball. Lloyd scored 601 points as a sophomore in 1964-65 (25.0 points per game). As a junior, he set a school record (since […]

Bob Naso

Bob Naso (College football, lacrosse.  Born, Garden City Park, NY, Sept. 11, 1937.)  A successful lacrosse coach at Rutgers, Robert J. Naso was much less successful with Columbia football.  Naso became Columbia’s 13th head coach Dec. 18, 1979, but his five seasons (1980-84) produced a dismal 4-43-2 record.  His teams never won more than one […]

Homer Hazel

Homer Hazel (College football.  Born, Pifford, NY, June 2, 1895; died, Marshall, MI, Feb. 3, 1968.)  Having lettered in 1916, Homer Howard Hazel left Rutgers due to financial problems, but returned to become one of the school’s most storied football heroes.  Hazel was an all-American as an end in 1923, was shifted to fullback the […]

Doug Graber

Doug Graber (College football.  Born, Detroit, MI, Sept. 26, 1944.)  A football coach at high school, college, and pro levels, Douglas Graber was head coach at Rutgers for six seasons (1990-95).  Graber came to Rutgers after seven seasons as an N.F.L. assistant with Kansas City (1983-86) and Tampa Bay (1987-89).  His recruits included back-to-back Big […]

Bob Naso

Bob Naso (College football, lacrosse.  Born, Garden City Park, NY, Sept. 11, 1937.)  A successful lacrosse coach at Rutgers, Robert J. Naso was much less successful with Columbia football.  Naso became Columbia’s 13th head coach Dec. 18, 1979, but his five seasons (1980-84) produced a dismal 4-43-2 record.  His teams never won more than one […]

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