• Honors: 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 USA Basketball Co-National Coach of the Year, 2000 Developmental Coach of the Year.
• Gold Medals: 2012 and 2016 Olympics, 2010 and 2014 World Cups, 2000 Olympics (assistant coach), 2000 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
• Bronze Medal: 2001 FIBA U19 World Championship.
University of Connecticut’s Naismith Hall of Fame and Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame head coach Geno Auriemma served back-to-back quadrenniums as the USA Basketball Women's National Team head coach, from 2009-16. During that time, Auriemma steered the USA women to two Olympic and two FIBA World Cup gold medals, while posting a perfect 31-0 slate in official competitions and 27-4 in exhibition games. In all, as head coach and assistant coach, USA Basketball teams with Auriemma on the sideline tallied a 90-9 (.909 winning percentage) record.
Auriemma, who had been involved with USA Basketball since the 1993 U.S. Olympic Festival, also served as assistant coach for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team, which captured gold in Sydney. Additionally, Auriemma was 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; and 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.
In all, USA teams with Auriemma on the sideline have posted a 42-1 record in official FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions. Including exhibition games, Auriemma has helped USA teams compile an overall record of 78-9 and a 61-9 mark as a head coach.
Auriemma was honored in 2010, 2012 and 2014 as the USA Basketball Co-National Coach of the Year and was named the 2000 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year.
Currently in his 36th season (1985-86 to present) as head coach at Connecticut, Auriemma has coached the Huskies to a women’s NCAA record 11 national titles (1995, 2000, 2002-04, 2009-10, 2013-16), recorded six undefeated seasons (1994-95, 2001-02, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2013-14, 2015-16), owns a NCAA record 14-straight 30-win seasons and reached the NCAA Final Four 20 times. Additionally, Auriemma's Huskies have swept conference play 16 times, including each of the past eight seasons, earned 27 regular season conference titles and 26 conference tournament crowns, including 19 in the Big East Conference.
Currently ranked No. 2 among all-time women's basketball coaches with 1,115 victories, Auriemma trails just Stanford University's Tara VanDerveer, who has won 1,116 games in her career.
Auriemma has earned eight Naismith, nine Associated Press and seven WBCA National Coach of the Year honors and is a 14-time conference Coach of the Year.
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 27 national coach of the year trophies, Auriemma has collected eight Naismith Coach of the Year awards, nine Associated Press Coach of the Year honors, seven 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 the 2014 AAC Coach of the Year award in the league’s inaugural season and took it home again in 2015 and 2016.
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 regular season and tournament crowns. It also marked his third and fourth undefeated seasons.
Thirteen of Auriemma’s Huskies have competed in at least one Olympic Games, including nine U.S. Olympians, 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, 2016), Swin Cash (2004, 2012), Tina Charles (2012, 2016), Asjha Jones (2012), Rebecca Lobo (1996) Maya Moore (2012, 2016), Breanna Stewart (2016), Diana Taurasi (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), 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), Canada's Kia Nurse (2016) and Nigeria’s Rashidat Sadiq (2004).
Since 2006, when Taurasi captured the first of her four (2006, 2010, 2012, 2016) USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year Awards, the honor has been awarded to a current or former Husky 10 times. In addition to Taurasi, the annual trophy has been earned by Paige Bueckers (2019), Charles (2009), Moore (2014) and Stewart (2011, 2013, 2018).
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), Stewart (2014, 2015, 2016), Taurasi (2003, 2004) and Wolters (1997). He also boasts 19 All-America first team athletes, 44 WBCA All-Americans 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 36-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; three grandchildren.
USA Basketball Coaching Experience
|2016 U.S. Olympic Team||Head Coach||8-0||1.000||Gold Medal|
|Pre-Olympic Exhibition Games||Head Coach||4-0||1.000||n/a|
|2015 USA National Team - European Tour||Head Coach||4-0||1.000||n/a|
|2014 USA World Championship Team||Head Coach||6-0||1.000||Gold Medal|
|Pre-Worlds Exhibition Games||Head Coach||4-1||.800||n/a|
|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 USA National Team - European Tour||Head Coach||3- 2||.600||n/a|
|2010 USA World Championship Team||Head Coach||9- 0||1.000||Gold Medal|
|Pre-Worlds Exhibition Games||Head Coach||3- 1||.750||n/a|
|2010 USA National Team - Stars at the Sun Game||Head Coach||1- 0||1.000||n/a|
|2009 USA National Team - UMMC Ekaterinburg Invit.||Head Coach||3- 0||1.000||First Place
|2001 USA Junior World Championship Team||Head Coach||6- 1||.857||Bronze Medal|
|Pre-Junior Worlds Exhibition Games||Head Coach||4- 0||1.000||n/a|
|2000 U.S. Olympic Team||Asst. Coach||8- 0||1.000||Gold Medal|
|Pre-Olympic Exhibition Games||Asst. Coach||9- 0||1.000||n/a|
|2000 USA Junior World Championship Qualifying Team||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||90- 9||.909||6 Gold Medals, 1 Bronze Medal|
|Head Coach Totals||73- 9||.890||5 Gold Medals, 1 Bronze Medal|
|Assistant Coach Totals||17- 0||1.000||1 Gold Medal|
Collegiate Head Coaching Record
|2020-21||Connecticut||24-1**||.960||**Big East regular season champions|
|2019-20||Connecticut||29-3*||.906||*American regular season and tournament champions|
|2018-19||Connecticut||35-3||.921||NCAA Final Four, American regular season and tournament champion|
|2017-18||Connecticut||36-1||.973||NCAA Final Four, American regular season and tournament champion|
|2016-17||Connecticut||36-1||.973||NCAA Final Four, American regular season and tournament champion|
|2015-16||Connecticut||38-0||1.000||NCAA champions, American regular season and tournament champions|
|2014-15||Connecticut||38-1||.974||NCAA champions, American regular season and tournament champions|
|2013-14||Connecticut||40- 0||1.000||NCAA champions, American regular season and tournament champions|
|2012-13||Connecticut||35- 4||.875||NCAA champions|
|2011-12||Connecticut||33- 5||.868||NCAA Final Four, Big East tournament champion|
|2010-11||Connecticut||36- 2||.947||NCAA Final Four, Big East regular season and tournament champions|
|2009-10||Connecticut||39- 0||1.000||NCAA champions, Big East regular season and tournament champions|
|2008-09||Connecticut||39- 0||1.000||NCAA champions, Big East regular season and tournament champions|
|2007-08||Connecticut||36- 2||.947||NCAA Final Four, Big East regular season and tournament champions|
|2006-07||Connecticut||32- 4||.889||NCAA Elite Eight, Big East regular season champions|
|2005-06||Connecticut||32- 5||.865||NCAA Elite Eight, Big East tournament champions|
|2004-05||Connecticut||25- 8||.758||NCAA Sweet Sixteen, Big East tournament champions|
|2003-04||Connecticut||31- 4||.886||NCAA champions, Big East regular season champions|
|2002-03||Connecticut||37- 1||.973||NCAA champions, Big East regular season champions|
|2001-02||Connecticut||39- 0||1.000||NCAA champions, Big East regular season and tournament champions|
|2000-01||Connecticut||32- 3||.914||NCAA Final Four, Big East regular season and tournament champions|
|1999-00||Connecticut||36- 1||.973||NCAA champions, Big East regular season and tournament champions|
|1998-99||Connecticut||29- 5||.853||NCAA Sweet Sixteen, Big East regular season and tournament champions|
|1997-98||Connecticut||34- 3||.919||NCAA Elite Eight, Big East regular season and tournament champions|
|1996-97||Connecticut||33- 1||.971||NCAA Elite Eight, Big East regular season and tournament champions|
|1995-96||Connecticut||34- 4||.895||NCAA Final Four, Big East regular season and tournament champions|
|1994-95||Connecticut||35- 0||1.000||NCAA champions, Big East regular season and tournament champions|
|1993-94||Connecticut||30- 3||.936||NCAA Elite Eight, Big East regular season and tournament champions|
|1991-92||Connecticut||23-11||.676||NCAA Second Round|
|1990-91||Connecticut||29- 5||.853||NCAA Final Four, Big East regular season and tournament champions|
|1989-90||Connecticut||25- 6||.806||NCAA Second Round, Big East regular season champions|
|1988-89||Connecticut||24- 6||.800||NCAA Tournament, Big East regular season and tournament champions|
|Totals||36 Years||1,115-143||.886||11 NCAA titles, 20 Final Four appearances, 31 NCAA Tournaments,
7 AAC regular season title, 7 AAC tournament titles,
20 Big East regular season titles, 19 Big East Tournament titles
*2020 NCAA Tournament cancelled due to COVID-19.
**Games cancelled throughout the 2020-21 season due to COVID-19 (record as of March 9, 2021).