How Long Has Geno Auriemma Been Coaching UConn?
Geno Auriemma has been the coach for the women basketball at the University of Connecticut for 39 years. He began working at UConn in 1985.
After he was hired in August of 1985, the University of Connecticut women's basketball team quickly rose to prominence. They had their first 20-win season, conference title and NCAA Tournament appearance.
Between 2000 and 2003, he led UConn to 21 conference regular-season and 20 conference tournament titles as well as 69 consecutive home victories. The team set single-game and season-long attendance records in the Big East Conference.
Connecticut has won more than .500 in 33 consecutive seasons and three NCAA record streaks of 111, 90 and 70 wins.
Auriemma led UConn to its 89th consecutive victory in December 2010, one more than UCLA's all-time NCAA men's wins record of 88.
The Huskies then broke their record with an incredible 111-game winning streak that lasted from 2014 to 2017.
They have also appeared in every NCAA Tournament since 1989 which is the third-longest active consecutive appearances streak in Division I as of the end of the 2018-19 season.
Rebecca Lobo, Jennifer Rizzotti, Kara Wolters, Nykesha Sales, Svetlana Abrosimova, Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Diana Taurasi, Tina Charles and Breanna Stewart are among the 13 All-Americans Auriemma has coached.
Auriemma was named head coach of the United States women's national basketball team in 2001. The team won its first five games and advanced to the medal rounds of the Junior World Championship in the Czech Republic. The US team won the bronze medal after defeating Australia 77 - 72.
He was named head coach of the United States women's basketball team for the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women as well as the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Geno has been inducted into the National Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame as well as the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom which is the country's highest civilian honor.