Head coach of the Connecticut Huskies Geno Auriemma has now tied his championship winning record with the historic John “Wizard of Westwood” Wooden, who is a legend in the basketball world. Last night the Huskies took a commanding lead over Notre Dame in the finals and Auriemma now has 10 titles under his belt with the team. During a press conference the Italian native was constantly being questioned about his tied record with Wooden, to which he readily deflected humbly by saying that they were two different people and that it will be up to the historians to decide how they stack up against each other.
Auriemma has been coaching Women’s college basketball for the last 20 years with the University of Connecticut, and has won the Naismith Coach of the Year six times between the years of 1995 and 2009. He is also in three different halls of fame for Women’s Basketball, Naismith Basketball, and National Italian American Sports Hall of Game. The three-time WBCA National Coach of the Year has been a huge impact on the sport, and he has even coached the Women’s National Team to four gold medals in the 2000 Sydney and 2012 London Olympic Games, and the FIBA World Championships in 2010 and 2014.
Auriemma may not want to admit being excited about it, but he has just made sports history by winning that game last night. Despite Connecticut having such control over Notre Dame last night, he didn’t take it for granted until the final buzzer rang through the Tampa arena. While it may be still too soon to tell, there is a chance that he may even surpass the Wizard of Westwood if he continues to coach for a few more years.
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