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Auriemma Named Naismith Coach of the Year for Second-Straight Season

April 1, 2017

DALLAS – For a second-consecutive season and the eighth time of his career, University of Connecticut women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma was named the Naismith National Coach of the Year, as announced by the organization Saturday.

During his illustrious 32-year tenure at Connecticut, 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.

Auriemma now owns the record for the most NCAA Tournament wins with 113, which surpassed Pat Summitt at 112, after defeating Oregon 90-52 in the Bridgeport Regional Final. His overall NCAA Tournament record is 113-17.

The Associated Press and USBWA National Coach of the Year, 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. This year, 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 ended their historic win streak at 111-straight victories. The Husky head coach will enter next season just nine wins away from 1,000 career-victories at UConn, boasting a 991-135 (.880) overall coaching record, which is the best winning percentage in the history of the sport.