Geno Auriemma
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“Bottom line, you’re either a risk taker, or you’re not, and if you don’t take risks, you’ll never win big.”

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The City That Shaped HimMontella is a small, hardworking town located in the province of Avellino in the Campania region of Italy.It has endured for centuries thanks to its inexorable spirit, toughness and resilience—qualities also embodied by Luigi [Geno] Auriemma, who was born there on March 23, 1954. Growing up in Montella wasn’t paradise in the traditional sense—running water, heat and electricity were considered luxuries, and the family had no phone, car or television. What they did have, and what has continued to be the foundation of his life and career, was love, honor and loyalty.
A Natural LeaderFrom birth, striving for excellence was firmly ingrained in Geno’s being.When his family immigrated to the United States in 1961, it wasn’t uncommon for 7-year-old Auriemma to help his parents make their mortgage payments or interact with lawyers. Geno played baseball and basketball in high school, and it was another leader—varsity basketball coach Buddy Gardler—who first inspired Auriemma to turn his leadership skills into a coaching career. Not only one of the most significant influences in his life, Gardler also served as the model for Geno’s coaching style—old school, tough and gritty.
Geno Comes to UConnWhen a job opened up at the University of Connecticut, Auriemma didn’t jump immediately. He enjoyed his position as a coach and recruiter at the University of Virginia, but his desire to lead a team had begun to bubble to the surface. After he traveled to meet with John Toner and Pat Meiser about the UConn position, he felt a clear sense of belonging and opportunity, which made the decision to leave Virginia and accept the UConn job an easy one.
Taking Care of His PlayersTo say that Geno Auriemma has been a father figure to his players would be a massive understatement.He might get irritated at times, but only because he genuinely cares about his players. That’s why every single player who has fulfilled all four years of eligibility has graduated with a degree. With Auriemma the link, the UConn women may be the tightest family in all of basketball.
An Incomparable LegacySince Geno’s arrival in 1985, his success, and the success of the UConn women’s basketball team, has been unmatched. Auriemma’s cumulative record at UConn is 1149-150—the best winning percentage in the history of the sport. With Geno at the helm, UConn has won 55 regular season and tournament titles, advanced to 22 Final Fours, posted six perfect seasons and won 11 national championships. In addition to his time at UConn, Auriemma was an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team in 2000 and was head coach of the gold medal winning national teams in 2012 at the London Olympics and 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

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As a coach, it’s Geno’s job to make his players better. But he wants to make the world better, too. Philanthropy has been a huge part of Geno’s legacy at UConn. He has founded his own charity, sat on boards, raised funds for many charitable causes, and encouraged others to follow his philanthropic lead to benefit Connecticut schools.

For over a decade, Coach Auriemma has enjoyed a special partnership with Connecticut Children's Medical Center, from hosting his incredibly successful golf tournament to spending time with their children and families, and most recently joining the Board of Directors.

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Career Highlights
There's Nothing Sweeter On March 26, 2022, the UConn Huskies defeated Indiana 75-58 to advance to the sweet sixteen in the NCAA women's basketball tournament for the 28th consecutive season.
Battles Won Since 2014 Coach Auriemma’s historic NCAA win streak is set at 111 straight victories following the Lady Huskies’ elite eight NCAA tournament win over the Ducks of Oregon 90-52 on March 27, 2017.
National Championships At Connecticut Geno Auriemma has led the UConn Huskies to a record 11 national championships—surpassing legendary UCLA coach John Wooden.
Players Drafted by the WNBA UConn players that have been drafted to the WNBA include 26 players drafted in the first round and five players selected first overall—both NCAA records. A UConn women's basketball alumna has been selected in the last 14 of the last 15 WNBA drafts.
Years as UConn Head Coach Geno Auriemma was named head coach of the University of Connecticut women's basketball program on May 17, 1985 and in just over 35 years has taken the Huskies to ever-higher levels of success, including 11 national championships.
Times Honored As Coach of the Year In total, Auriemma has earned a combined 24 National Coach of the Year awards - 8 Naismith National Coach of the Year, 9 AP National Coach of the Year, and 7 WBCA National Coach of the Year - to go along with 15 Conference Coach of the Year awards.
Conference Tournament Titles Won Geno’s UConn women’s basketball team has taken its conference tournament crown 28 times, most recently taking down the Villanova Wildcats to win the 2023 Big East Tournament.
NCAA Tournament Victories Through April 1, 2022, Coach Auriemma holds the record for the most NCAA Tournament wins by a coach. He has also led the Huskies to an unprecedented 28 straight Sweet 16 appearances.
USA Basketball Games Won With Geno on the sidelines, the USA Women's Basketball Team is 50-1 in official FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions. He brought home a gold as assistant coach in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, and two more as head coach at 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
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