NEW YORK -- University of Connecticut head women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma was honored as a recipient of the 2016 Winged Foot Award on Wednesday evening at the New York Athletic Club in New York City. The Winged Foot Award honors the NCAA national champion men's and women's basketball coaches.
Auriemma received the award for the 10th time while Villanova men's basketball coach Jay Wright was on hand to receive the honor for the first time.
The men's basketball Winged Foot Award was instituted in 1996 while the women's award began in 1999.
Approximately 650 guests attended Tuesday evening's dinner and awards ceremony in Manhattan, which was emceed by Billy Packer and included comments from Auriemma, Wright, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Tom Pecora.
Auriemma led the Huskies to a 38-0 overall record en route to winning the 11thnational championship in program history. The national title was UConn's sixth in undefeated fashion and the program improved to a spotless 11-0 in national championship games. Auriemma, who led the Huskies to at least 30-wins for the 11th-straight season, finished the year with a 955-134 record and sports a .877 winning percentage, which is the best in the history of the sport.
About the New York Athletic Club
The New York Athletic Club was founded in 1868 by Henry Buermeyer, John Babcock and William Curtis. All were accomplished athletes with a singular commitment to the growth and development of amateur sport in the United States. Furthermore, they possessed the foresight to realize that the time was right to introduce some organization - and uniformity of measurement - into sporting endeavors across the country, if not around the world. So, on September 8th of that year, Buermeyer, Curtis and Babcock, with 11 other similarly inclined sportsmen, gathered in a Manhattan tavern known as the Knickerbocker Cottage for the first meeting of what would become the NYAC. Though all were men of vision, none could have foreseen the impact their club would have on the world of amateur and Olympic sport.
It is impossible to detail the entire accomplishments - both sporting and commercial - of the New York Athletic Club and its members. Suffice it to say that the Club holds a unique place in the sporting pantheon, a position it bolsters with each passing year.
London, indeed, saw 55 NYAC athletes in action, 17 of whom won medals, 12 of which were gold.
Justifiably, the NYAC's Olympic medal tally is a source of enormous pride among members. In its history, NYAC athletes have claimed 248 medals in Olympic competition, 131 of which have been gold. With that has come a steadfast commitment to the creation of an environment in which excellence will flourish, be it in athletics, commerce, the arts or individual well-being.
The NYAC's athletes and the Club's history in Olympic competition are the personification of a commitment to excellence that is as steadfast in the 21st century as it was in 1868.