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UConn Coaches Road Show Concludes in Stamford

June 7, 2018

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After traveling to Glastonbury, Branford and New York City, the 2018 UConn Coaches Road Show made its final stop on UConn's Stamford campus on Thursday evening. Our coaches enjoyed the chance to visit with some of our most ardent supporters and wish to thank everyone who attended!

Once again, several UConn coaches and athletics administrators were on hand for the event that included an hour of mingling and conversations between the fans and the heads of the UConn athletic teams and an hour of questions and answers with four of the most well-known Husky coaches.

""It's a great chance for the fans to see us in person, talk with us, listen to what we say about how we do things and why we need their help to do it," UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma said. "This is a crucial part of the success of our programs."

The event also provided a chance for the UConn coaches to gather together in a social setting.

"This might be the only time of year you can do this because of everybody's schedules," Auriemma said. "There's a big difference between being at a meeting with all the coaches and all of us being at an event. The one thing that this can and should do is get the coaches to understand that we're all in this together and that we all need to be successful in order for UConn to be successful. Sometimes, when you're at a big university, people start to do their own thing and be so overly-concerned with their own program, that we lose sight of what else is going on in our department. This is a reminder."

Athletic Director David Benedict warmed up the crowd speaking primarily about the outstanding UConn baseball season that ended Saturday night in NCAA Regional play. Head coach Jim Penders addressed the fans in attendance on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday night while assistant coach Josh MacDonald spoke about the squad and thanks everyone for their support on Tuesday evening.

Four coaches participated in question-and-answer sessions about their teams with SNY personality Justine Ward serving as the emcee on Wednesday. Bob Joyce of 97.9 ESPN Radio served as the emcee on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Nancy Stevens, coach of the undefeated National Champion UConn field hockey team, made sure to mention All-American goalie Nina Klein, a 4.0 student.

"What's really cool is that the National Scholar-Athlete of the Year is not from Duke, not from Stanford, she's from the University of Connecticut," Stevens said to rousing applause. Stevens was able to attend on Monday and Tuesday evening.

Football coach Randy Edsall spoke an improved offensive line as he looks forward to the 2018 season.

"In football, you don't win unless you have the big boys up front on either side," he said. "I really like what we've done up there. As long as we remain healthy, we're going to be OK."

New men's basketball coach Dan Hurley explained why he is excited to have the chance to coach at  UConn.

"For me," he said, "having grown up in a basketball family, having played at Seton Hall in the Big East, and having an understanding of what UConn has meant to college basketball, both men and women, all the great success and players, to be part of such an elite college program was too good an opportunity to pass up."

Auriemma was the final coach to the stage and he had a message for the donors in attendance.

"All the coaches who came up here are all so passionate about what they do," he said. "They talk about the people in their programs and what they've been able to accomplish. Most colleges tell people their recruiting about what they can do for the school. At UConn, the approach we take is, this is what we can do for you. We can provide things for you that you can't get anywhere else. That's because of the people that we have. And if we ever can put the people we have with the same facilities and things and other schools have - as good as we are now, there's no telling how good we can be. And that where you come in."

The Road Show continues with stops Tuesday at Stoney Creek Brewery in Branford, Wednesday at the Hearst Tower in New York City, and Thursday at the main atrium at UConn's Stamford campus. Follow along on social media using #HuskiesRoadShow.

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