Category Archives: Kathy Auriemma

How Geno Auriemma Got The Job Of A Lifetime

by Categorized: Chris Dailey, DePaul women's basketball, Geno Auriemma, Genos1000th, Kathy Auriemma, UConn women's basketball Date:

In the autumn of 1984, Kathy Auriemma’s husband, an assistant women’s basketball coach at Virginia, walked through the front door of the family home and made an announcement.
“He said to me, in a very definitive way, ‘Next year at this time I will be coaching my own team.’ I said, ‘Oh, OK.’” Auriemma said.
This really was no surprise. Kathy Auriemma knew her husband, Geno, a street-wise kid from Norristown, Pa., who had dabbled with many odd jobs, seemed to really enjoy being a coach
“Once he got into coaching, it was clear he put it above everything else,” she said. “He began to focus and you could sense his confidence building. His enthusiasm was contagious and I had tremendous faith in him. He never wavered. You could tell he was very good at it, he kept at it and he found success.”
Geno Auriemma had already tried to move on, waging an unsuccessful campaign to be DePaul’s coach the year before. But he wasn’t about to give up.

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Kathy Auriemma And The Enthusiastic Husband

by Categorized: Geno Auriemma, Genos1000th, Kathy Auriemma, UConn women's basketball Date:

Geno Auriemma coaches his 1,000th game at UConn on Feb. 22 at Houston. To commemorate the milestone, the Hartford Courant will occasionally publish a memory or remembrance of the Hall of Fame coach from someone who helped play a role in his journey.

When Kathy Auriemma first met her husband, he was a quite different guy than the one UConn fans now follow and fawn over. He wasn’t a Hall of Fame coach. He was just like many young men, trying to figure out what to do with his life and how best to support a wife and young family. He eventually figured it out.

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