Jen And Geno Together Again – In 2014 And 2016?

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It won’t be late winter that Geno Auriemma is told who will be on his the coaching staff for his 2014 World Championship team in Turkey.
But Auriemma does know USA Basketball does not play to tinker with the formula applied when a college coach in the head coach; there will be one college assistant and two from the WNBA and at least one will be a minority of the three will be a minority.
So if Hartford coach Jen Rizzotti is in line for a promotion after serving USA Basketball at many lower levels, it will be a tough fight for the job with DePaul’s Doug Bruno and South Carolina’s Dawn Staley – the other frontrunners for the one collegiate assistantship.
Rizzotti was invited to be a “court coach” for USA Basketball’s senior national team training camp in October, a sign that someone seems to be interested in furthering her career.
“No one who was [in Las Vegas] has gotten to the next stage [of the selection process],” said Auriemma. “Not one person has been contacted about being on the staff – other than me.”
During his last run as Olympic coach, Auriemma’s staff consisted of DePaul’s Doug Bruno and former WNBA coaches Marynell Meadors and Jen Gillom, now an assistant coach for the Connecticut Sun.
Auriemma did joke that if Bruno decided to take another run at the job he would take it.”
“If he wants to come back, I would say it’s probably true [that Rizzotti would have no chance at the job]. But I don’t know. I haven’t talked to Jen about it yet,” said Auriemma.
“But the reason you get involved in coaching USA Basketball in the first place are all the opportunities in can create for yourself down the road. Doug Bruno didn’t spend like 20 years coaching USA Basketball teams because he didn’t think he had a shot as coaching in the Olympics.”

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