Head Coach Geno Auriemma - 24th Season
(Five National Championships: 1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004)
All-Time: 657-122 (.843/23 yrs.)
UConn Record: 657-122 (.843/23 yrs.)
NCAA Tournament: 65-15 (.813/20 yrs.)
BIG EAST Regular Season: 327-56 (.854/23 yrs.)
BIG EAST Tournament: 52-9 (.852/23 yrs.)
BIG EAST Overall: 379-65 (.854/23 yrs.)
Auriemma has redefined the meaning of success in
college basketball in his 23 years as head coach of the University of
During his illustrious tenure, Auriemma has transformed the
UConn program into the standard that all others are measured, both on and off
On the court, his success includes five national
championships and complete dominance in the BIG EAST Conference, where the
Huskies have garnered an eye-popping total of 30 combined BIG EAST regular
season and tournament titles since his arrival.
Off the court, success means a flawless graduation rate and
one of the most beloved sports teams in the country.
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 championships, nine Final Fours and 16 BIG EAST
regular season and 14 BIG EAST
Tournament titles since Auriemmaís arrival in 1985.
This unmatched success, which is the standard for
collegiate programs nationally, was recognized with Auriemmaís induction into
both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (Springfield, Mass.) and the
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame (Knoxville, Tenn.) in 2006.
He ranks as the first coach in women's basketball history
to guide a team to five consecutive Final Four appearances. Auriemma became the
fastest coach in NCAA Division I Womenís Basketball history to reach 600 career
wins on Dec. 31, 2006 - taking just 716 games to reach the milestone.
Auriemma is a six-time national coach-of-the-year and has
been named the BIG EAST coach-of-the-year seven times, including 2007-08 which
saw Auriemma not only earn top league coaching honors, but also be recognized
with a total of four national coach of the year awards.
His 23-year overall record stands at 657-122 (.843), one of
the best winning percentages all-time among Division I coaches and he also is
the second-fastest coach overall to eclipse the 500-win mark - taking just 599
The Huskies consistency have 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
In addition, UConn has swept both the league regular season
and tournament crowns in 12 different seasons - all since Auriemma has taken
over the programís reigns.
Connecticut's postseason success under Auriemma has been
legendary as the Huskies have won the BIG EAST
Tournament crown in 12 of the last 15 seasons and boast a current streak of 15
consecutive NCAA Regional appearances.
Auriemma also guided UConn to its 13th 30-win season in
2008 - its 13th in the past 15 years.
The Huskies swept both the BIG EAST
regular season and tournament titles in 2008 and earned the programís ninth
berth in the NCAA Final Four.
The 2008-09 season also marked the ninth time in the last
10 years overall that Connecticut has advanced to NCAA Regional
UConn freshman Maya Moore became the second straight
Connecticut player to be recognized as the National Freshman of the Year in
2008-09 and also was selected as the first ever freshman recipient (male or
female) of the BIG EAST Player of
the Year award.
The 2006-07 campaign saw the Huskies post a perfect 16-0
record in conference play - marking the sixth time that UConn has posted an
unblemished BIG EAST record under
The 2003-04 season was a historical one - even for the
tradition-rich Connecticut program - as it became only the second program in
NCAA history to win three consecutive national titles.
The road to their third straight title was a bumpy one at
times for the Huskies, but with Auriemma's leadership the team never wavered
from achieving their ultimate goal, despite encountering a few detours along the
In 2003-04, the Huskies tied the NCAA-record for
consecutive home court wins at 69 straight games and won the BIG EAST Regular
Season Title for the 11th consecutive season.
Senior standout Diana Taurasi was named Most Outstanding
Player of the Final Four for the second straight year and was also honored as
the Naismith National Player of the Year for the second time in her career, in
addition to being the recipient of the Honda Award and the Nancy Lieberman
The 2002-03 season, despite an influx of new faces,
mirrored Auriemma teams of the past. The squad continued the programís winning
tradition by bringing home UConn's fourth women's basketball national
championship and also broke the NCAA Division I women's record for most
consecutive victories with 70-straight. Connecticut shattered the previous mark
of 54 set by Louisiana Tech with its 55th-straight win on January 18, 2003,
versus Georgetown in the Hartford Civic Center.
For the fourth time in UConn history, the Huskies finished
the regular season undefeated with a perfect 29-0 record. They went on to
capture UConn's 10th straight BIG EAST regular season title and continued their
winning ways into the postseason, making their seventh Final Four appearance.
After two competitive games in the Final Four, the Huskies
earned their fourth NCAA Women's Basketball Championship and became only the
third school to do so in back-to-back years. Junior Diana Taurasi was named the
2003 Final Four Most Outstanding Player, while freshman Ann Strother was named
to the Final Four All-Tournament team. It was the first time in women's or men's
basketball history that a program earned the national championship without a
senior on its roster.
Accolades for the
2002-03 season continued to pour in. Auriemma was named the BIG EAST Coach of
the Year as well as the United States Basketball Writer's Association (USBWA)
Women's Basketball Coach of the Year and Associated Press Coach of the Year.
Taurasi garnered Player of the Year honors from the Associated Press, USBWA and
Naismith and earned the Wade Trophy and the NCAA Honda Award for the nation's
most outstanding women's basketball player. Taurasi earned her second straight
Kodak All-America award and was named Associated Press First Team All-America
for her outstanding play and leadership during UConn's 37-1 run through the
2002-03 championship season.
Auriemma's 2001-02 squad recorded the second undefeated
season in program history with a 39-0 mark and registered UConn's third national
championship and sixth Final Four appearance. Auriemma's teams also won the 1995
and 2000 national titles.
Featuring Kodak All-Americans Sue Bird, Swin Cash and Diana
Taurasi, the 2001-02 Huskies posted an NCAA record-tying 39 wins and a 35.4
average margin of victory, another NCAA record. His team also earned its 12th
BIG EAST regular season title and 11th BIG EAST tournament crown as the Huskies
made their 14th consecutive NCAA appearance.
The 1999-2000 national championship season included a
then-school-record 19-straight weeks ranked No. 1 in the national polls and a
final record of 36-1.
UConn captured the program's first national title in
1994-95, when Auriemma led the Huskies to a perfect 35-0 record. UConn was only
the second team in Division I women's basketball history to go undefeated en
route to the national championship. The Huskies became the first unbeaten team
in NCAA history (all divisions, men or women) to win 35 games in a season.
Under Auriemma's direction, UConn ranked second nationally
in Division I victories in the 1990's (Jan. 1, 1990-Dec. 31, 1999) with 290
total wins. The Huskies were also second in the nation in total winning
percentage (.860) in the decade as well as establishing a BIG EAST record for
conference victories (158).
After inheriting a Husky program that had just one winning
season in its 11-year history, Auriemma has posted 22 winning seasons since
arriving at UConn in August of 1985. The Huskies also now hold every BIG EAST
single-game and single-season home-court attendance record.
Since 1988-89, the first season the Huskies earned a BIG
EAST regular season championship, UConn ranks No. 1 among all BIG EAST teams in
league regular season wins (305-30, a .910 winning percentage). Coupled with
UConn's 52-6 (.897) record in BIG EAST Tournament action since 1989.
The development of national caliber student-athletes has
been Auriemma's forte during his UConn coaching tenure. Every recruited freshman
that has played for Auriemma at Connecticut and completed her eligibility at
UConn has obtained her undergraduate degree.
Impressively, since the 1991-92 season, 39 of UConn's
starters - 24 different players - have been on the Dean's List.
Among these 24 players are four of the most highly
acclaimed women's basketball players ever - Rebecca Lobo, Jennifer Rizzotti,
Kara Wolters and Sue Bird. All four of these student-athletes earned Associated
Press National Player of the Year honors and won the Wade Trophy and Honda
Most recently, Diana Taurasi joined the elite four by being
named a consensus National Player of the Year in 2002-03.
Auriemma has coached 12 First Team WBCA/State Farm
All-Americans, with the most recent selections of Maya Moore and Renee
Montgomery in 2008. This includes 11 consecutive seasons (1993-2004) where at
least one UConn player earned Kodak All-America honors - a total of 18
selections, with Taurasi earning her third consecutive in 2004.
UConn's home court record also stands as one of the most
impressive in the nation.
In Auriemma's tenure, UConn is 344-35 at home against
collegiate opponents, including a 16-0 mark in 2007-08, for a sparkling .908
By building such a dynamic program, Huskymania fan support
and enthusiasm is at an all-time high. UConn was second nationally in total home
attendance for all Division I women's programs in 2007-08, attracting 178,917
fans for 16 home dates in Harry A. Gampel Pavilion and the XL Center. The
Huskies have sold out 118 home games since 1997.
Prior to taking the UConn position, Auriemma served as the
primary assistant women's coach at the University of Virginia under head coach
Debbie Ryan from 1981-85. He helped lead the Cavaliers to the Atlantic Coast
Conference championship in 1984.
Before his Virginia position, Auriemma was assistant
women's basketball coach at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia with
then-head coach Jim Foster (now Ohio State women's basketball head coach). He
also coached boys' basketball at his high school alma mater, Bishop Kenrick High
School in Norristown, Pa., from 1979-81.
Auriemma has found success even beyond the college coaching
ranks due to his involvement with USA Basketball. In the summer of 2000,
Auriemma represented the United States at the Olympic Games in Sydney,
Australia, as an assistant coach of the gold medal winning Olympic Team.
That same summer, Auriemma led the 2000 USA Junior World
Championship team to a gold medal in the COPABA Junior World Cup Qualifying
Tournament in Argentina. Auriemma and the squad advanced to the 2001 FIBA Junior
World Championship for women held in the Czech Republic in July of 2001, and
returned with the bronze. In April of 1996, he was co-head coach of the National
Senior All-Stars when the All-Stars met the United States National Team.
During the summer of 1996, he served as coach of the USA
Basketball Select Team in Colorado Springs, Colo. In January of 1995, Auriemma
was named an assistant coach of the USA World University Games Women's
Basketball Team, which played in Fukuoka, Japan, in the summer of 1995; due to
personal conflicts, however, he had to relinquish that position. He also served
as head coach of the West Team at the 1993 U.S. Olympic Festival in San Antonio,
In the summer of 2002, Auriemma was selected as a member of
the inaugural induction class to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame and he
was enshrined in the Italian-American Hall of Fame in November 2007.
In addition to his coaching duties, Auriemma serves on
several national basketball committees. He was a four-year member of the Kodak
All-America Selection Committee and was named chair of that committee in January
of 1992. He has also been a voting member of the USA TODAY/WBCA Top 25 Poll. He
was recently named to the Womenís Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Board of
Directors and will serve as the organizationís vice president in 2007 and 2008.
Auriemma has also worked as an analyst during ABCís and
ESPNís coverage of the WNBA in
An accomplished speaker, Auriemma also is involved in
numerous regional and state charitable and educational efforts. For the last
nine years, Auriemma was the chair of Y-Me of New England Connecticut Golf
Tournament, a fund-raising organization for breast cancer support programs, and
also has served as the State of Connecticut honorary chair for the American
In the fall of 1993, Auriemma was elected into the National
Mortar Board academic honor society for his outstanding contributions to UConn
academics and for community service.
Auriemma currently serves as co-chair of the Connecticut
Arthritis Foundation. In May of 1994, Auriemma was awarded the prestigious UConn
Club Outstanding Contribution Award for his service and commitment to Husky
In tribute to the Huskies' first NCAA National
Championship, and for his commitment to intercollegiate athletes and service in
the community, Auriemma received two special awards in 1995.
He was one of four recipients of the 1995 Center for the
Study of Sport in Society "National Student-Athlete Day Giant Steps Award",
presented in Boston. He was also honored with "Geno Auriemma Day" at the
National Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., on August 9, 1995.
Auriemma has given back to the university as well. In
November 1998, he and his wife Kathy gave a $125,000 gift to the University of
Auriemma is a 1981 graduate of West Chester with a B.A. in
political science. He resides in Manchester, Conn., with Kathy and has three
children: Jenna (25), Alyssa (23) and Michael (19).