ATLANTA – As the Huskies prepare for the 2017 NCAA tournament as the No. 1 seed in the Bridgeport Region, UConn head coach Geno Auriemma was named one of four finalists for the 2017 Naismith Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year honor, as announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Wednesday.
This year, fans have a say in the voting process. Fans should visit www.naismithtrophy.com/vote from March 20-31 to cast their ballot for one of these four Naismith Award finalists. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. EDT on March 31 and fans are limited to one vote per day. The fan vote will account for five percent of the total vote.
In his 32-year tenure, Auriemma has won a total of seven Naismith Coach of the Year awards, including last year in 2015-16.
Auriemma is joined by Karen Aston (Texas), Scott Rueck (Oregon State) and Vic Schaefer (Mississippi State) on the finalist list.
On March 3, Auriemma brought home his fourth-straight and 14th overall conference Coach of the Year honor after guiding UConn to another perfect 29-0 regular season. This year, he shared the American Conference Coach of the Year title with Temple head coach Tonya Cardoza. The Huskies remain undefeated all-time in American Athletic Conference play after boasting a perfect 16-0 conference record for a fourth consecutive time and outscoring league opponents by a margin of 40.5 points this year.
Connecticut won the American regular season title outright on Feb. 22 with a 90-45 victory over Temple at the XL Center before securing an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament by defeating USF 100-44 to win its fourth-straight American Athletic Conference Championship.
The Huskies will kick off their 29th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 18 at 11 a.m. ET at Gampel Pavilion against America East Champion Albany.