Geno Auriemma On Tara VanDerveer’s 900th Win

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Geno Auriemma has won 846 games in his career, so unless the restaurant business gets too demanding, and he decides to hang it up at UConn, his 900th win will come at some point next season.
Until then, he can only reflect on what its like when one of his peers, namely Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer, reaches that rare milestone.
“It’s like Tara said [after she won her 900th game last week], when you reach a milestone like that, it means your program has been really good for a very long time,” Auriemma said. “And just imagine, she took a year off [to coach the 1996 Olympic team] so you could add another 30 wins.
“Coaches that reach that number, or any number about 500, it’s a lot of wins over a long time and many years. The fact only five people have done [Pat Summitt, Sylvia Hatchell, Vivian Stringer, and Jody Conradt] tells you it’s very hard to do.
“I don’t know if anyone sets out to do it, but you wake up one day and there you are. For as long as I’ve coached at Connecticut, she’s been winning a lot of games. She is one of the game’s icons.”

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