Auriemma to return as U.S. women's basketball coach

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Geno Auriemma, who led the U.S. women's basketball team to the Olympic gold medal in 2012, will coach the team at the 2016 Olympics, it was announced Friday.
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WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Wednesday the NCAA women's basketball champion Connecticut Huskies are "one of the great sports dynasties of our time."

Obama phones NCAA hoops champion coaches

WASHINGTON, April 11 (UPI) -- President Obama picked up the phone to congratulate the head coaches of the NCAA men's and women's college basketball championship teams, the White House said.

COL BKB (W): Connecticut 93, Louisville 60

NEW ORLEANS, April 10 (UPI) -- Louisville missed its shot at winning the men's and women's college basketball titles when the Cardinals fell to Connecticut 93-60 in the women's title game.

UConn women's coach Auriemma, 5-year deal

STORRS, Conn., March 27 (UPI) -- Connecticut women's basketball Coach Geno Auriemma, who has guided the Huskies to seven national titles, has agreed to a five-year contract, the school said.
London, Phelps, Bolt star at Olympics

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JOHN HENDEL, United Press International

Huskies' coach addresses gender comments

STORRS, Conn., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Connecticut women's basketball Coach Geno Auriemma Wednesday sought to clarify comments about gender he made after his team set an NCAA winning streak record.

Obama congratulates NCAA champs UConn

STORRS, Conn., April 7 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday congratulated the University of Connecticut women's basketball team on its NCAA Tournament victory.
UConn's Auriemma to coach U.S. women

UConn's Auriemma to coach U.S. women

COLORADO SPRINGS, April 15 (UPI) -- University of Connecticut women's coach Geno Auriemma was chosen to coach the U.S. women's basketball team through the 2012 Olympics.

COL BKB (W): Connecticut 104, Vermont 65

STORRS, Conn., March 22 (UPI) -- Tina Charles' 32 points Sunday sent top-ranked Connecticut to a 104-65 romp over Vermont in a first-round NCAA Tournament contest in Storrs.

Auriemma signs contract extension at UConn

STORRS, Conn., June 25 (UPI) -- Long-time University of Connecticut women's basketball Coach Geno Auriemma has signed a five-year contract extension running through April 15, 2013.

Barkley joins Basketball Hall of Fame

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Reports: Barkley headed to Hall of Fame

ATLANTA, April 1 (UPI) -- Former NBA stars Dominique Wilkins, Charles Barkley and Joe Dumars are headed to the Hall of Fame, CNN and ESPN reported Saturday.

Basketball Hall nominees announced

HOUSTON, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Charles Barkley Friday headed the list of 2006 nominees for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Calhoun agrees to long-term deal

STORRS, Conn., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The University of Connecticut announced Friday that Coach Jim Calhoun had agreed to a new six-year contract that carries through 2010.
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Geno Auriemma
PHI2000033121 - 31 MARCH 2000 - PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, USA: UConn's head coach Geno Auriemma signals from low on the floord during the final minutes of the University of Connecticut-Penn State Women's Final Four NCAA 2000 championship game at The First Union Center Friday, March 31, 2000. UConn defeated Penn State 89-67 to advance to the Sunday finals. jca/J. C. Anderson UPI

Geno Auriemma (born Luigi Auriemma, March 23, 1954, in Montella, Italy) is the head coach of the University of Connecticut Huskies women's basketball team, which he has led to seven National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I national championships (in 1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, and 2010). He has won six national Naismith College Coach of the Year awards.

He emigrated with his family to Norristown, Pennsylvania when he was seven years old, and spent the rest of his childhood there. After graduating from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 1977, Auriemma was hired as an assistant coach at Saint Joseph's University, where he worked in 1978 and 1979. He then took a two-year absence from college basketball, serving as an assistant coach at his former high school, Bishop Kenrick, before assuming an assistant coaching position with the University of Virginia Cavaliers in 1981. Auriemma became a naturalized United States citizen in 1994, noting in his autobiography that he finally decided to naturalize when his UConn team was slated to tour Italy that summer and he was concerned about potential problems because he had never done any required national service.

Before Auriemma, the Huskies had posted just one winning season in their entire history. As was true at many schools at the time, Connecticut did not have a strong commitment to women's sports. Both players and coaches had to scrap for facilities and resources. Eventually, some students wishing to form a soccer team threatened to sue the university. The Trustees went on record supporting women's sports, and the administration decided to provide more support, especially for sports with a potential for revenue, such as women's basketball. The decision to hire a new coach was part of this commitment to strengthen the women's sports at Connecticut. Auriemma was the last of a series of interviews conducted by the search staff. Most of the other candidates were highly qualified coaches, and most were female. Ironically, one of those included in the interview process was Chris Dailey, who would become Auriemma's assistant, and is currently the Associate Head Coach at UConn. Dailey was identified as the candidate likely to receive an offer if Auriemma turned down the offer.

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