I asked Geno Auriemma on Saturday whether coaching 17-year-old girls was different now then it was 10 years ago, when he was young, perhaps filled with more energy, etc.
“I have less patience for these guys now than I did when I was 30-something,” Auriemma said. “I used to try and see things from their standpoint. Now I am like a lot of old people [he is 58] that don’t really give a crap about anybody but themselves.
“Have you ever been to a place where I am signing autographs? Well, there will be nine 8-year-olds in line and some 75-year-old will just knock the kids over to get an autograph. They’ll just bulldoze the kids thinking ‘you know what, I’m 75 and I don’t have much time left and you have the rest of your life so get out of my way.’
“I’m getting to an age where I have less patience. I’ve been doing this for 30 years – and if I do something, then do it. Don’t look at me and ask why. When I was 35, I would say OK and then explain why we want to do [something]. So is there a difference in me? Yes, I guess I just have less patience and they have less of an attention span. That is not a good combination.
“I’m trying to teach them to have more patience, better concentration for longer periods of time. And they’re testing my patience.”
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