Associate head coach Chris Dailey is in her 24th season
with the UConn basketball program. Dailey has been instrumental in teaming with
head coach Geno Auriemma to build UConn into an unquestioned national power.
She is the coordinator of Connecticut’s highly successful recruiting efforts.
Under her direction, Connecticut’s recruiting base spans
the nation and the globe, with players joining the program from 27 different
states, the District of Columbia and six foreign countries.
Arriving at Connecticut in the summer of 1985 along with
Auriemma, Dailey served as primary assistant coach from 1985-88. In September
of 1988, she was promoted to associate head coach.
In Auriemma's absence during the entire 1997 BIG EAST
Conference Tournament from March 1-4 (due to the death of his father, Donato
Auriemma), Dailey served as head coach, leading Connecticut to its fourth
consecutive BIG EAST Tournament Championship. This marked the second time that a
Dailey-directed UConn team earned the BIG EAST Tournament title. UConn's 1989
team won its first league tourney crown under her direction (while Auriemma
served a suspension for a scheduling error).
Dailey earned her Masters Degree in Educational
Administration in 1999 from UConn and was honored in 2005 with the Distinguished
Alumna Award from the Neag School of Education Alumni Society. This award is
the highest single honor given by the Neag School of Education and presented
annually to the graduate that has had a significant impact on education, has a
national reputation for their work, has been an inspiration to other
professionals and has shown continued involvement with the Neag School of
Dailey is a 1982 graduate of Rutgers with a bachelor’s
degree in health and physical education. She received her master's degree from
Connecticut in educational administration. A native of New Brunswick, N.J.,
Dailey is no stranger to collegiate basketball success. She was a four-year
forward (from 1978-82) for the nationally-ranked Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Dailey
served as a team captain as a junior and senior, and, as a senior in 1981-82,
she helped lead her Rutgers squad to the AIAW Division I National Championship,
as the Scarlet Knights defeated Texas 83-77. During her four years at Rutgers,
the team compiled a record of 108-23 (.824).
Prior to Connecticut, Dailey served as the Cornell
assistant basketball coach (1982-83) before returning to her alma mater as top
assistant under head coach Theresa Grentz from 1983-85.
In 1992, Chris was inducted into the Rutgers University
Lady Knight Hall of Fame as a member of the 1982 National Championship Team.
During the 1995-96 academic year, she was one of eight alumnae of Rutgers'
Douglass College featured in the college's national fund-raising campaign.
In the winter of 2002, Dailey was inducted into the
prestigious New Jersey Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame alongside the
likes of Bobby Valentine, Jorge Posada, Andre Tippitt and Carl Banks. She also
was honored with the NJSWA “Distinguished Service to Basketball” award. In June
of 2002, Dailey received the Clare Award from the Saint Franciscan Life Center
which is given to a woman who exemplifies leadership, commitment to athletics
and service to the community.
In addition to her coaching duties, Dailey is involved in a
number of regional charitable efforts as an honorary chair and as a noted
speaker. In the summer of 2000, Dailey was a recipient of the 2000 Girl Scouts
Women of Merit Award, given to women who best exemplify the qualities of a girl
scout. She served four years as honorary chair of the Connecticut chapter of the
Multiple Sclerosis Associations' annual "Walk-a-thon". In October 1997, she was
named the Connecticut Trails Counsel 1997 Woman of Distinction by the Girl
The last several years, Dailey has also been involved as
the honorary chair to the following organizations: Food Allergy Network, March
of Dimes-Women in Sports Celebration, Camp Courant and the Manchester Area
Conference of Churches.
Dailey is a 1977 graduate of St. Peter’s High School, New
Brunswick, N.J., where she earned All-State basketball honors and was inducted
into the school's Hall of Fame. She resides in Ellington, Conn.