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.
The following is from the great Tina Charles, one of the cogs on UConn’s back-to-back undefeated national champions in 2009 and 2010.. Charles has developed into an Olympic gold medalist and a WNBA Rookie of the Year MVP with the Connecticut Sun:
“My junior Year, Coach Auriemma told me in his office that when you chase perfection you will catch excellence and that has stuck with me on and off the court,” Charles said. “Coach Auriemma and his career is a living testament of that and his players are able to benefit from his approach to basketball and off the court endeavors.
“He is able to enlighten everyone around him and impact them in a way that is profound. Congratulations Coach. God willing, you will be able to have 1,000 more games. It has been a blessing to have been coached by you.”