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Geno Auriemma’s Wife Has Stood By His Side for His Entire Career
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Geno Auriemma is one of the most successful women’s basketball coaches of all time.

The head coach of the dominant UConn Huskies squad has made history throughout his tenure in Storrs, Connecticut by leading some of the most unbeatable teams ever assembled.

Throughout his long coaching career, no one has offered Auriemma more support than his loving wife Kathy.

Who is Geno Auriemma’s Wife?

Geno and Kathy Auriemma have been married for more than 40 years.

When they met in the 1970s, Kathy was a cheerleader at Montgomery County Community College, and Geno was playing college basketball. She is currently an English teacher at the University of Connecticut, and has been featured on ESPNW and the Hartford Courant.

The pair have three children together : daughters Alyssa and Jenna and son Michael.

Kathy grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, while Geno was born in Montella, South Italy. The Italian emigrated to Norristown, Penn., when he was young.

Geno Auriemma Coaching Career

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Geno Auriemma’s coaching career began back when he was fresh out of college at West Chester University. He earned an assistant coach role with St. Joseph’s University before landing a role at his former high school, Bishop Kenrick in Norristown.

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A few years later, he earned an assistant coaching position at the University of Virginia.

Despite his lack of experience, Auriemma was named the head coach of the UConn’s women’s college basketball team in 1985. At the time, UConn’s women’s basketball team had just one winning regular season under its belt, but that all changed when the young Auriemma walked in the door.

In just his fourth season at the helm, Auriemma led the Huskies to a Big East title and a Final Four appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The team won its first national championship in 1994-95, taking down Pat Summitt and Tennessee in the championship game.

UConn won another national championship in 1999-2000, which was the first of three consecutive tournament wins under Geno Auriemma’s guidance.

In total, college basketball coach Geno Auriemma has guided the UConn women’s basketball team to 11 national championships, 20 Final Four appearances, six perfect seasons and 51 conference championships, split between the Big East and American Athletic Conference.

He’s been named the Associated Press’ National Coach of the Year nine times and has been enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Auriemma has coached for the United States national team to multiple world championships and gold medals at the Olympics, having only recently stepped down from his role as head coach.

Some of the legendary players Auriemma has coached include WNBA stars Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore, Breanna Stewart, and many more.

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Karl Rasmussen is a sports writer living in Brooklyn, NY. He studied journalism at the University of Oregon and is an avid fan of the Oregon Ducks, Portland Trail Blazers, New York Yankees and New York Jets.
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