Geno Auriemma

 

HEAD COACH: 2013-16 USA Basketball Women’s National Team

USA Basketball announced on Sept. 6, 2013, that University of Connecticut’s Naismith Hall of Fame and Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame head coach Geno Auriemma, who guided the USA Basketball Women’s National Team to a pair of gold medals at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2012 Olympic Games, will return to coach the USA National Team through 2016.

With 29-year coaching veteran Auriemma at the helm, the USA Basketball Women’s National Team will compete in the 2014 FIBA World Championship (Sept. 27 - Oct. 5 in Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey), and if the USA qualifies, the 2016 Summer Olympic Games (Aug. 5 - 21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), as well as additional USA training camps and exhibition games.

Auriemma has coached the Huskies to a women's NCAA record nine national titles (1995, 2000, 2002-04, 2009-10, 2013-14), recorded five undefeated seasons (1994-95, 2001-02, 2008-10, 2013-14), and most recently led his 2013-14 Huskies to a perfect 40-0 record, marking a NCAA record nine-consecutive 30-win seasons, and the 2014 NCAA title.

Since 1996, the highly successful USA Basketball Women’s National Team program, ranked No. 1 in the world by FIBA, has posted an 80-1 slate in FIBA and FIBA Americas international competitions, winning a record five consecutive Olympic gold medals (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012), three FIBA World Championship gold medals (1998, 2002, 2010), one FIBA World Championship bronze medal (2006) and one FIBA Americas Championship gold medal (2007).

This marks Auriemma’s sixth USA Basketball coaching assignment. In addition to his successful stints as the 2009-12 USA Basketball Women’s National Team head coach and assistant coach for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team, Auriemma also served as head coach of the 2001 USA Junior World Championship Team (U19) that finished with a 6-1 slate and the bronze medal in Brno, Czech Republic; the 2000 USA Junior World Championship Qualifying Team (U18), which earned a gold medal in Mar del Plata, Argentina; the 1996 USA Basketball Women’s Select Team, which trained in Colorado Springs against the 1996 USA R. William Jones Cup Team and the 1996 Russian Olympic Team; and the West Team at the 1993 U.S. Olympic Festival. In all, USA teams with Auriemma on the sideline have posted a 36-1 record in official FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions. Including exhibition games, Auriemma has helped USA teams compile an overall record of 64-8 and a 47-8 mark as a head coach. 

Auriemma was honored in 2010 and 2012 as the USA Basketball Co-National Coach of the Year and was named the 2000 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year.

At the helm of Connecticut since the 1985-86 season, Auriemma owns an astounding 879-133 record for a stunning 86.9 winning percentage through the 2013-14 season, when he captured his ninth NCAA title.  Additionally, his teams have advanced to the NCAA Final Four 15 times, collected a combined 37 Big East Conference regular season and Big East Tournament titles, and captured the first American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament crowns in 2013-14.

His record is even more amazing when you look at the history of the program prior to his arrival. Before he took over in Storrs, the Huskies had posted just one winning season in their 11 years on the court.

Earning a combined 24 national coach of the year trophies, Auriemma has collected six Naismith Coach of the Year awards, seven Associated Press Coach of the Year honors, five times earned the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association trophy as the country’s top coach, and three times won the Victor Award by the National Academy of Sports Editors. He is also a 10-time Big East Coach of the Year and earned 2014 AAC Coach of the Year honors in the league’s inaugural season.

Over a span of two-and-a-half seasons, from the start of the 2008-09 season, through Dec. 30, 2010, Auriemma guided the Huskies to an NCAA Division I basketball record 90-0 winning streak that included the 2009 and 2010 NCAA titles and a pair of Big East Conference regular season and tournament crowns. It also marked his third and fourth undefeated seasons in Storrs. 

Eight of Auriemma’s Huskies have competed in at least one Olympic Games, the second most of any collegiate program behind the University of Tennessee (14) and the most from any program since the USA’s streak of five straight gold medals commenced at the 1996 Olympics. Former UConn athletes who went on to earn Olympic gold medals include Sue Bird (2004, 2008, 2012), Swin Cash (2004, 2012), Tina Charles (2012), Asjha Jones (2012), Rebecca Lobo (1996) Maya Moore (2012), Diana Taurasi (2004, 2008, 2012), and Kara Wolters (2000). Further, Auriemma coached three international Olympians at UConn in Russia’s Svetlana Abrosimova (2000, 2008), New Zealand’s Jess McCormack (2008) and Nigeria’s Rashidat Sadiq (2004).

Under Auriemma, UConn has swept his conference regular season and tournament crowns 16 times, racked up 19 30-win seasons in the last 21 years and five times ran the table to put together undefeated seasons. The first came in 1994-95 when the Huskies went 35-0. Auriemma orchestrated an unblemished record again in 2001-02 with a school record 39-0 mark, which his 2008-09 and 2009-10 squads equaled, and upped that mark in 2013-14 with a 40-0 slate.

The first coach in women’s basketball history to guide a team to seven consecutive Final Four appearances, Auriemma also is the fastest coach in NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball history to reach 800 career wins, a marker he hit on March 6, 2012, in 928 games.

Eight of Auriemma’s Huskies have been named National Player of the Year, including Bird (2002), Charles (2010), Lobo (1995), Moore (2009, 2010, 2011), Jennifer Rizzotti (1996), Breanna Stewart (2014), Taurasi (2003, 2004) and Wolters (1997).  He also boasts 16 All-America first team athletes and three CoSIDA National Academic All-Americans on his all-time roster, while 100 percent of his student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility have graduated.

Prior to his 29-year stint at Connecticut, Auriemma spent four seasons as the primary assistant coach at the University of Virginia from 1981-1985, helping the Cavaliers to a 74-39 overall record and two NCAA Tournament appearances in 1984 and 1985.  Auriemma also was an assistant coach at Saint Joseph’s University before heading to Virginia.

Born on March 23, 1954 in Montella, Italy, Auriemma is a 1981 graduate of West Chester University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.  He and his wife Kathy have three children, Jenna, Alyssa and Michael; two grandchildren, Christian and Andrew; and reside in Manchester, Conn.

Geno Auriemma Coaching Record

USA Basketball Coaching Experience:
Team Position W-L PCT Finish
2012 U.S. Olympic Team Head Coach 8- 0 1.000 Gold Medal
      Pre-Olympic Exhibition Games Head Coach 5- 0 1.000 n/a
2011 European Tour Head Coach 3- 2 .600 n/a
2010 USA World Championship Team Head Coach 9- 0 1.000 Gold Medal
  Pre-World Champ. Exhib. Games Head Coach 4- 1 .800 n/a
2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg Invit. Team Head Coach 3- 0 1.000 Tournament Title
2001 USA Junior World Champ. Team (U19) Head Coach 6- 1 .857 Bronze Medal
  Pre-Junior Worlds Exhib. Games Head Coach 4- 0 1.000 n/a
2000 U.S. Olympic Team Asst. 8- 0 1.000 Gold Medal
  Pre-Olympic Exhib. Games Asst. 9- 0 1.000 n/a
2000 USA Junior World Champ. Qual. Team (U18) Head Coach 5- 0 1.000 Gold Medal
1996 USA Select Team Head Coach n/a n/a n/a
1993 U.S. Olympic Festival West Team Head Coach 0- 4 .000 Fourth Place
USA Basketball Totals   64-8 .889 4 Gold Medals, 1 Bronze Medal
  Head Coach Totals   47-8 .855 3 Gold Medals, 1 Bronze Medal
  Assistant Coach Totals   17- 0 1.000 1 Gold Medal

 

Collegiate Head Coaching Record
Year School
W- L
PCT
Notes
2014 Connecticut 40-0 1.000 NCAA champions, AAC regular season and tourn. champions
2013 Connecticut
35- 4
.875
NCAA champions
2012 Connecticut
33- 5
.868
NCAA Final Four, Big East Tournament champions
2011 Connecticut
36- 2
.947
NCAA Final Four, Big East regular season and tourn. champions
2010 Connecticut
39- 0
1.000
NCAA champions, Big East regular season and tourn. champions
2009 Connecticut
39- 0
1.000
NCAA champions, Big East regular season and tourn. champions
2008 Connecticut
36- 2
.947
NCAA Final Four, Big East regular season and tourn. champions
2007 Connecticut
32- 4
.889
NCAA Elite Eight, Big East regular season champions
2006 Connecticut
32- 5
.865
NCAA Elite Eight, Big East Tournament champions
2005 Connecticut
25- 8
.758
NCAA Sweet Sixteen, Big East Tournament champions
2004 Connecticut
31- 4
.886
NCAA champions, Big East regular season champions
2003 Connecticut
37- 1
.973
NCAA champions, Big East regular season champions
2002 Connecticut
39- 0
1.000
NCAA champions, Big East regular season and tourn. champions
2001 Connecticut
32- 3
.914
NCAA Final Four, Big East regular season and tourn. champions
2000 Connecticut
36- 1
.973
NCAA champions, Big East regular season and tourn. champions
1999 Connecticut
29- 5
.853
NCAA Sweet Sixteen, Big East regular season and tourn. champions
1998 Connecticut
34- 3
.919
NCAA Elite Eight, Big East regular season and tourn. champions
1997 Connecticut
33- 1
.971
NCAA Elite Eight, Big East regular season and tourn. champions
1996 Connecticut
34- 4
.895
NCAA Final Four, Big East regular season and tourn. champions
1995 Connecticut
35- 0
1.000
NCAA champions, Big East regular season and tourn. champions
1994 Connecticut
30- 3
.936
NCAA Elite Eight, Big East regular season and tourn. champions
1993 Connecticut
18-11
.621
NCAA Tournament
1992 Connecticut
23-11
.676
NCAA Second Round
1991 Connecticut
29- 5
.853
NCAA Final Four, Big East regular season and tourn. champions
1990 Connecticut
25- 6
.806
NCAA Second Round, Big East regular season champions
1989 Connecticut
24- 6
.800
NCAA Tournament, Big East regular season and tourn. champions
1988 Connecticut
17-11
.607
-
1987 Connecticut
14-13
.519
-
1986 Connecticut
12-15
.444
-
Totals 28 Years
879-133
.869
9 NCAA titles, 25 NCAA Tournaments, 1 AAC regular season title, 1 AAC tournament title, 19 Big East regular season titles, 18 Big East Tournament titles