About Geno

Geno Auriemma was named coach of the University of Connecticut's women's basketball program on May 17, 1985, and in 32 years has led the UConn Huskies to eighteen Final Fours and won eleven national championships. He became the first coach in women's basketball history to guide a team to five consecutive Final Fours (2000-04), a record only to be broken by his current team who just played in their tenth consecutive final four in 2017. Coach Auriemma won his 1000th career game faster than anyone in the sport's Division I history. His overall record now stands at 1007-135 (.882) which is the highest winning percentage of all active Division I coaches. He is a nine-time national coach of the year, ten times the Big East's coach of the year, and has amassed a total of 30 “Coach of the Year Honors.” His lady huskies also won 7 of the final 9 Big East Conference Championships before the conference re-alignment. During Coach Auriemma's tenure the Lady Huskies have won 39 Conference Titles and have amassed 6 perfect seasons. Moreover, the student-athletes in his program boast a 100% graduation rate over the past 32 years!

Auriemma, the son of Italian immigrants, was born in Italy and moved to Norristown, Pa., a suburb of Philadelphia, with his parents, brother and sister, when he was young. He is a graduate of Bishop Kenrick High School and West Chester (Pa.) University. His coaching career began as the assistant women's basketball coach at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia during the 1978-79 season. He later coached boys high school basketball at Bishop Kenrick before becoming an assistant to coach Debbie Ryan at the University of Virginia in 1981, where he worked until UConn hired him.

In 2006, Auriemma was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2007, he was also inducted into the Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago. He has coached eight Olympians, seven national players of the year and 13 first-team All-Americans and was the former president of the WBCA (Women's Basketball Coaches Association). In 2009 he was named the Olympic head coach. He led the USA Women’s Basketball team to gold in the 2010 World Championships in Turkey, to gold in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and to gold in the 2014 World Championships in Turkey, and to gold in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio this August.

Coach Auriemma currently resides in Manchester, CT with his wife Kathy. Geno has three children: Jenna, Michael and Alysa, and three grandchildren.

To learn more about Coach Auriemma, please visit www.GenoAuriemma.com.

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