On Feb. 22, Geno Auriemma coaches his 1,000th game at UConn. To commemorate the milestone, the Harfford Courant will occasionally publish a vignette about some aspect of his long successful run.
Today’s installment comes from former UConn center Kelly Schumacher, who is now a professional beach volleyball player of some note:
“Back in 2000, when the UConn women had only won one championship, I was a junior and had been hearing about the “Championship Team” for more than 2 1/2 years. Geno came into the locker room and we were all sitting there quiet. He took off his “championship ring” – which now he has one for each finger – and threw it out into the middle of the floor! We all looked in shock.
He said “It’s right there in front of you all you have to do is grab it, go get it! That year we won the second championship in Uconn Women’s Basketball history.
“And then in 2010, when I went back for the Huskies of Honor dinner at Coach’s house. I brought my fiancé now husband Donnie with me. Coach cracked a joke saying “Come on Schu, you know he’s only 5’9″ right?” When I told him he was a Navy Seal, he choked on his wine!”