Geno Auriemma And His Original UConn Time Line

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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.

This is his 29th season as UConn coach, a remarkable span for anyone in any job. But if you thought he expected to be here for this long, you probably sleep next to a pair of blue and white pom-poms.

“What did I expect? Four years. I wanted to be out in four years,” Auriemma said. “I figured it was good enough to try and get one recruiting class through,and win a bunch of games and then go someplace where you can win a lot of games. That was a legitimate expectation level. Who would have gotten up in the morning [in 1985] and said, ‘My goal is to the coach at Connecticut for 30 years? Come on. Who would say that? Who would think that?
Four years was it. And it didn’t change until we went to the Final Four in 1991, even though we won a Big East championship and tournament in the fourth year {1988-89].

“By that time, I began to say, ‘Well, let’s ride this [class] out. I had put a lot of time and effort into the players, like Meghan [Pattyson], Kerry Bascom and Laura [Lishness]. We’d signed Rebecca Lobo and Pam Webber in November [1990].”

 

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