Luigi “Geno” Auriemma (born March 23, 1954) is an Italian-born American college basketball coach and the head coach of the University of Connecticut Huskies women’s basketball team. He has led UConn to eleven NCAA Division I national championships, a feat matched by no one else in college basketball, and has won seven national Naismith College Coach of the Year awards. Auriemma has been the head coach of the United States women’s national basketball team since 2009, during which time his teams won the 2010 and 2014 World Championships, and the gold medal at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.
Since achieving its first #1 ranking in the 1994–95 season, UConn under Auriemma is 186-10 when playing as the nation’s #1 team. At the end of the 2009–10 season, he had a record of 127-52 against top 25 opponents and a 57-35 record against top 10 opponents. He won his 600th game on New Year’s Eve 2006, accomplishing the feat in 716 games, tying him with Phillip Kahler for the fastest women’s basketball coach to reach that milestone. Auriemma won his 700th game on November 27, 2009 in 822 total games, becoming the fastest head coach to that milestone in the history of college basketball at any level, men or women. He is now one of eight active women’s college basketball coaches to have 700 or more wins. Auriemma became the sixth coach in women’s basketball history to reach 800 career victories on March 6, 2012, also reaching 800 career wins faster than any coach in the history of college basketball men or women at any division level in just 928 career games. On February 3, 2015, Coach Auriemma notched his 900th victory in only 1,034 games, reaching this milestone also faster than any college coach in history. Auriemma was a member of the inaugural class (2006) of inductees to the University of Connecticut women’s basketball “Huskies of Honor” recognition program. Auriemma’s 2013-2018 salary is $10.9 million.
Coach for women’s basketball
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Team
Gold medal – first place 2012 London Team
Gold medal – first place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Team
FIBA World Championship
Gold medal – first place 2010 Czech Republic
Gold medal – first place 2014 Turkey
FIBA Under-19 World Championship
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Czech Republic