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Geno Auriemma has redefined the meaning of success in women's college basketball in his 23 years as head coach of the University of Connecticut. During his illustrious tenure, Auriemma has transformed the UConn program into the standard that all others are measured, both on and off the court. Under his guidance, the Huskies have been transformed from a program with only one winning record to its credit to its current state, which includes five national titles, nine Final Fours and 30 BIG EAST titles, since Auriemma’s arrival in 1985. On the court, his success includes five national championships and complete dominance in the BIG EAST Conference.

Off the court, success means a flawless graduation rate and one of the most beloved sports teams in the country. This unmatched success, which is the standard for collegiate programs nationally, was recognized with Auriemma’s induction into both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (Springfield, Mass.) and the Women Basketball Hall of Fame (Knoxville, Tenn.) in 2006. He is the first coach in women's basketball history to guide a team to five consecutive Final Four appearances. Auriemma is a six-time national coach-of-the-year and has been named the BIG EAST coach-of-the-year seven times. His 23-year overall record stands at 657-122 (.843), one of the best winning percentages among active Division I coaches and he was the fastest coach overall to eclipse the 600-win mark - taking just 716 games to reach the milestone, which he obtained in 2006-07. The Huskies’ consistency has been remarkable as the program has won either the BIG EAST Regular Season or Tournament title in each of the past 15 seasons and 18 of the past 20 overall. The Huskies have won the BIG EAST Tournament crown in three of the past four seasons. Connecticut extended its streak of consecutive NCAA Regional appearances to 15 straight and advanced to the NCAA Final Four for the ninth time in the program’s history in 2008. Auriemma also guided UConn to its 13th 30-win season in 2007-08 and its 13th in the past 15 seasons.

Auriemma is a 1981 graduate of West Chester with a B.A. in political science. He resides in Manchester, Conn., with Kathy. They have three children, Jenna, Alyssa and Michael.



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