DALLAS – After guiding the Huskies to a 10th-straight Final Four, University of Connecticut women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma has been named the Associated Press National Coach of the Year, as announced by the organization Thursday.
Over the course of his 32 seasons at Connecticut, Auriemma has garnered the AP’s National Coach of the Year recognition nine times in total. Auriemma has led the Huskies to a record 11 national championships and he is the only coach in women’s basketball history to guide a team to 10-straight Final Four appearances. In total, he has overseen 18 Husky trips to the Final Four.
After the Huskies defeated Oregon in the Bridgeport Regional Final, Auriemma now owns the record for the most NCAA Tournament wins with 113, which surpassed Pat Summitt at 112. His overall NCAA Tournament record is 113-17.
The WBCA Division I National Coach of the Year and Naismith Coach of the Year finalist, Auriemma nabbed his fourth-straight and 14th overall conference Coach of the Year honor after coaching the team to a 16-0 league record and fourth-straight American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament title this season. He shared The American’s Co-Coach of the Year title with Temple head coach Tonya Cardoza.
At the helm of Auriemma, the Huskies boasted another perfect regular season this year, 29-0, and have extended their historic win streak to 111-straight victories. The Husky head coach is just nine wins away from 1,000 career-victories at UConn, boasting a 991-134 (.880) overall coaching record, which is the best winning percentage in the history of the sport.