ATLANTA – The University of Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma was tabbed as the 2016 United States Marine Corps/WBCA NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year, as announced by the WBCA on Wednesday. He is also the recipient of the Pat Summitt Trophy, presented to the National Coach of the Year.
Over the course of 31 seasons at Connecticut, Auriemma was named Coach of the Year in the former Big East a total of 10 times and garnered National Coach of the Year recognition seven times. Auriemma has led the Huskies to a record 10 national championships and owns the record for consecutive Final Four appearances with eight. In total, he has overseen 16 Husky trips to the Final Four.
Connecticut is currently the only undefeated team in the nation, with a spotless 34-0 record. On March 4, Auriemma nabbed his third-straight and 13th overall conference Coach of the Year honor after leading his squad to a 29-0 overall record in the regular season. The Huskies finished conference play with a perfect 18-0 record for the third consecutive time, besting league opposition by an average of 45.6 points per game. Connecticut clinched The American’s regular season title outright on Feb. 24 with an 88-41 victory over SMU at Gampel Pavilion before securing an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament by defeating USF, 77-51, to win the American Athletic Conference Championship.
During his time at the helm, Auriemma has accumulated a 951-134 record (.876), which is the best winning percentage in the history of the sport.
Auriemma has won a total of six WBCA Coach of the Year accolades.
UConn and Mississippi State will battle for a spot in the Regional Final on Saturday, March 26 at 11:30 a.m. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN with radio coverage on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.