“With the absence of pressure, it’s hard to do great things.”
Geno Auriemma has been the Head Coach of the University of Connecticut’s Women’s Basketball team for more than 30 years. Auriemma has led the Huskies to a record 11 National Championships. UConn’s .877 winning percentage during Auriemma’s tenure is the highest of any men’s or women’s College Basketball coach. Auriemma has led UConn to nine straight Final Four’s and to six undefeated seasons. Geno Auriemma has led Team USA to two Gold Medals in the Olympics.
UConn was 12-15 Geno Auriemma’s first year at the helm, and that is the only losing season he ever has had at UConn. Auriemma deserves a great deal of credit for all of the success he has had at UConn; he won his first NCAA Championship more than 20 years ago. One of his best players, Rebecca Lobo said, “Geno understands better than most people what makes women tick. “Geno has his barbs. Geno has his insults. He uses the silent treatment. He does many things to keep his players from getting complacent.” I liked what Geno Auriemma said about courage. He stated it is not the absence of fear but being able to battle when you have fear. Unlike some other coaches, Geno Auriemma does not put players on a pedestal. Geno Auriemma presses all types of buttons; he is one fantastic basketball coach who is great at getting his teams to maximize their potential.