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.
Meghan Pattyson-Culmo has as great a connection to Geno Auriemma as any player in program history. She played on his first Final Four team in 1991, worked for him as an assistant coach and now covers his program as a television analyst, now for SNY after her long run with CPTV. But that first day during her home visit? Well, geesh….TMI for sure.
“So, the day of my home visit may be the longest on record,” Pattyson-Culmo said. “Geno played golf with my dad, high school coach and AAU coach. I heard my AAU coach’s voice in our kitchen in the morning, I ran downstairs in my pajamas to say hi to him.
“Well, I was completely mortified that Geno Auriemma was also standing in my kitchen, as I looked at him with my bed-head and crust still in my eyes. Later on, Chris Dailey arrived, the guys came back from golf and my mom made a huge meal.
“After the meal, we went down to the family room and they did their recruiting schtick. Finally, by 11:00 p.m. or so, with the cheese on the table starting to smell, Geno threw his head back in exhaustion and said, ‘That’s it, Meg, i’m done. I really don’t care where you go to school….I am shot.”