Geno Auriemma Biography
Geno Auriemma is an Italian-born American college basketball coach and head coach of the University of Connecticut Huskies women’s basketball team. He led UConn to eleven NCAA Division I national championships, the most in women’s college basketball history, and has won eight national Naismith College Coach of the Year awards. From 2009 through 2016, he was the head coach of the United States women’s national basketball team.
Geno Auriemma Age
He was born Luigi “Geno” Auriemma on March 23, 1954, in Montella, Italy.
Geno Auriemma Wife
He is married to Kathy Auriemma.
Geno Auriemma Early life
At the age of 7 years, he emigrated with his family from Montella in Southern Italy and moved to Norristown, Pennsylvania. He did not speak English when his family emigrated and he was tutored in 2nd grade at St. Francis of Assisi by a classmate named John. He attended West Chester University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1977. He began his career coaching women’s basketball at Bishop McDevitt HS in Wyncote Pennsylvania.
From 1978-79, he worked as an assistant coach at Saint Joseph’s University. In 1994, at the age of 40, he became a naturalized United States citizen.
Geno Auriemma Career (University of Connecticut)
Before he joined and coached Huskies Women’s Basketball team, the team had posted only one winning season in its history. The search staff decided to hire him as part of the University’s commitment to better fund women’s sports. He was hired in August 1985, and quickly Connecticut rose to prominence.
In the first season, Connecticut finished 12-15, his only losing season. Connecticut finished above 500 for 30 consecutive seasons that include six undefeated seasons 1994-1995, 2001-2002, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2013-2014, and 2015-2016 and three NCAA record streaks of 111, 90, and 70 consecutive wins.
He led UConn to its 89th consecutive victory on December 21, 2010, one more than the all-time NCAA men’s wins record of 88 held by UCLA; the streak ended at 90 wins. As a head coach at the end of the 2014-15 season, he had a record of 917-134, for an 87.3 winning percentage. His winning percentage is the highest among active Division I coaches.
His career at the UConn includes 20 seasons with 30 or more wins. UConn has won eleven national championships under him 1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. He guided the UConn to 21 conferences regular season titles and 20 conference tournament titles and has never lost a conference game since the old Big East Conference in 2013. In 2016, Huskies became the first Division I women’s basketball team to win four straight national championships. Between 2000 and 2003, UConn tied an NCAA women’s basketball record with 69 consecutive home wins
He had a record of 127–52 against top 25 opponents and a 57–35 record against top 10 opponents at the end of 2009-2010. On November 27, 2009, he won his 700th game in 822 total games becoming the fastest head coach to get to that milestone in the history of college basketball at any level for both men or women.
On March 6, 2012, he became the 6th coach in women’s basketball history to reach 800 career victories. He notched his 900th victory in only 1,034 games on February 3, 2015, reaching this milestone faster than any college coach in history.
The rivalry between the Huskies and University of Tennessee lady Vols extended to his relationship with the Volunteers counterpart Pat Summitt, who retired in 2012 and died in 2016. The two were often at odds. He had slightly surpassed Summitt among active Division I coaches for career winning percentage, with Auriemma at 85.8 and Summitt at 84.1 at the end of 2009-2010, season.
Jim Calhoun former UConn men’s basketball coach has been called Auriemma’s “unfriendly rival”, and he once mocked the women’s team’s fan base as the “world’s largest nursing home.”
Geno Auriemma Net worth
He has a net worth of $ 10 million.
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