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Default Winning isn't everything - it's the only thing

Yesterday, UCONN's women's basketball team broke the record of 90 consecutive wins, (set by UCONN's women's basketball team!) with its 91st win (and counting). At the helm of UCONN's unprecedented success, has been its coach Geno Auriemma. His coaching style, is in a word, tough. Not one to take any opponent lightly, he coaches his teams like special forces. Well done girls and coach Geno.

11 National Championships:1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
All-Time: 955-134 (.877/31 yrs.)
UConn Record: 955-134 (.877/31 yrs.)
NCAA Tournament: 109-17 (.865/28 yrs.)
Conference Regular Season: 456-61 (.882/31 yrs.)
Conference Tournament: 75-10 (.882/31 yrs.)
Conference Overall: 531-71 (.882/31 yrs.)

At the helm of Connecticut since the 1985-86 season, Auriemma owns an astounding 955-134 record, making him the NCAA’s all-time winningest women’s basketball coach by percentage with a stellar 87.7 winning percentage.

Additionally, his teams have advanced to the NCAA Final Four 17 times, and collected a combined 43 conference regular season and tournament championships.
His record is even more amazing when you look at the history of the program prior to his arrival. Before he took over in Storrs, the Huskies had posted just one winning season in their 11 years on the court.

Earning a combined 24 national coach of the year trophies, Auriemma has collected seven Naismith Coach of the Year awards, eight Associated Press Coach of the Year honors, six times earned the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association trophy as the country’s top coach, and three times won the Victor Award by the National Academy of Sports Editors. He is also a 10-time Big East Coach of the Year and earned the 2014 AAC Coach of the Year award in the league’s inaugural season and took it home again in 2015 and 2016.

Over a span of two-and-a-half seasons, from the start of the 2008-09 season, through Dec. 30, 2010, Auriemma guided the Huskies to an NCAA Division I basketball record 90-0 winning streak that included the 2009 and 2010 NCAA titles and a pair of Big East regular season and tournament crowns. It also marked his third and fourth undefeated seasons.

Twelve of Auriemma’s Huskies have competed in at least one Olympic Games, including nine U.S. Olympians, the second most of any collegiate program behind the University of Tennessee (14) and the most from any program since the USA’s streak of five-straight gold medals commenced at the 1996 Olympics. Former UConn athletes who went on to earn Olympic gold medals include Sue Bird (2004, 2008, 2012), Swin Cash (2004, 2012), Tina Charles (2012), Asjha Jones (2012), Rebecca Lobo (1996) Maya Moore (2012), Diana Taurasi (2004, 2008, 2012), and Kara Wolters (2000). Further, Auriemma coached three international Olympians at UConn in Russia’s Svetlana Abrosimova (2000, 2008), New Zealand’s Jess McCormack (2008) and Nigeria’s Rashidat Sadiq (2004).

Under Auriemma, UConn has swept conference season and tournament crowns 18 times, racked up 21 30-win seasons in the past 23 years and six times ran the table to put together undefeated seasons. The first came in 1994-95 when the Huskies went 35-0. Auriemma orchestrated an unblemished record again in 2001-02 with a school record 39-0 mark, which his 2008-09 and 2009-10 squads equaled, upped the record to 40-0 in 2013-14, and compiled a 39-0 mark in 2015-16.

The first coach in women’s basketball history to guide a team to nine consecutive Final Four appearances, Auriemma also is the fastest coach in NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball history to reach 800 career wins, a marker he hit on March 6, 2012, in 928 games.

Eight of Auriemma’s Huskies have been named National Player of the Year, including Bird (2002), Charles (2010), Lobo (1995), Moore (2009, 2010, 2011), Jennifer Rizzotti (1996), Breanna Stewart (2014, 2015, 2016), Taurasi (2003, 2004) and Wolters (1997). He also boasts 19 All-America first team athletes and three CoSIDA National Academic All-Americans on his all-time roster, while 100 percent of his student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility have graduated.

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