Class of 2017
Geno Auriemma
Ray Meyer College Coach of the Year

Geno Auriemma transformed the University of Connecticut basketball team into the world capital of women’s basketball. Since his arrival to the team in 1985, the team has only had one losing season. Born in Montella, a small province of Avellino in the Campania region of Italy, Geno Auriemma’s first love was soccer. After playing baseball and basketball throughout high school, Auriemma began his basketball-coaching career at Bishop McDevitt High School while simultaneously taking college courses at West Chester State University. He went on to coach for St. Joseph’s, Bishop Kendrick High School and the University of Virginia as an assistant coach before he was offered the position of head coach at the University of Connecticut in 1985. Since his arrival in 1985, the UConn Women’s basketball team has won 43 regular season and tournament titles, advanced to 17 Final Fours, posted six perfect seasons and won 11 national championships. Additionally, Auriemma is an eight-time AP College Basketball Coach of the Year, seven-time Naismith Coach of the Year, six-time WBCA National Coach of the Year, 10-time Big East Coach of the Year and three-time American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. In addition to his work at UConn, Auriemma serves as the head coach of the USA Women’s Basketball Team and has involvement with dozens of charitable efforts such as the UConn Sandy Hook Scholarship Fund, Geno’s Cancer Team/the V Foundation and the Geno Auriemma Leadership Conference.

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