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UConn’s Geno Auriemma Turns into third Coach in NCAA Basketball Historical past with 1,200 Wins

Erin Walsh February 8, 2024 G Fiume/Getty Images UConn women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma established himself as one of the best in the game years ago, but he made a little more history on Wednesday night in Storrs as his Huskies took down Seton Hall 67-34. Auriemma became just the third coach in NCAA

UConn’s Geno Auriemma Turns into third Coach in NCAA Basketball Historical past with 1,200 Wins

Erin WalshFebruary 8, 2024

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 07: Head coach Geno Auriemma of the UConn Huskies watches the game against the Georgetown Hoyas at Entertainment & Sports Arena on January 07, 2024 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

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UConn ladies’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma established himself as top-of-the-line within the recreation years in the past, however he made a little bit extra historical past on Wednesday evening in Storrs as his Huskies took down Seton Corridor 67-34.

Auriemma grew to become simply the third coach in NCAA basketball historical past—males’s or ladies’s—to succeed in 1,200 wins, becoming a member of former Duke males’s basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski and Stanford ladies’s basketball head coach Tara VanDerveer.

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Simply the third to 1,200 wins and he did it the quickest.

There’s just one Geno Auriemma 🐐 pic.twitter.com/32wuvjZbVF

Auriemma can also be the quickest coach to succeed in the 1,200-win mark.

Krzyzewski received 1,202 video games earlier than he retired in 2022 and VanDerveer received her 1,203rd recreation final month to grow to be the winningest coach in NCAA basketball historical past, males’s or ladies’s.

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“To come back in right here and all the time have a look at 13, 14, 15,000 or no matter it’s, it is one thing to actually, actually be pleased with as a result of we helped make one thing occur that by no means existed and nobody ever thought it might occur, so I am fairly pleased with that,” Auriemma mentioned after the sport.

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“We helped make one thing occur that by no means existed and nobody ever thought it might occur”

Geno Auriemma talks with @ChelseaSherrod after his 1,two hundredth profession win: pic.twitter.com/AAXEhyPZv7

Whereas Auriemma sits simply six wins behind VanDerveer, he does not anticipate ever claiming the highest spot.

“I might in all probability say, with a substantial amount of certainty, that I will by no means be No. 1 in wins, I do not assume that may occur,” Auriemma mentioned after the sport, per ESPN.com. “And I am nonetheless going to take pleasure in my wine and I’ll sleep good tonight.”

Auriemma has been head coach of UConn’s ladies’s program since 1985, turning the Huskies right into a powerhouse in his 39 seasons on the helm.

The 69-year-old has led UConn to a 1,200-160 report, 11 championships and 22 Last 4 appearances throughout his tenure. He has been named Naismith Nationwide Coach of the 12 months eight occasions, AP Nationwide Coach of the 12 months 9 occasions and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Corridor of Fame in 2006.

Auriemma has additionally coached quite a few present and former WNBA stars in Sue Chook, Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore, Tina Charles and Breanna Stewart, amongst others.

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“I am positive in case you requested Coach when he began and also you mentioned, ‘Forty years later you will have 11 nationwide championships, 1,200 wins,’ he would not consider it,” Taurasi mentioned, per Carl Adamec of CT Insider. “What he is doing is unparalleled and can by no means occur once more.

“I imply, you will by no means discover somebody that may keep at one place that lengthy. It does not occur anymore and it’ll by no means be carried out once more.”

UConn is presently the No. 11 ranked crew within the nation and sits first within the Massive East with a 20-4 report. South Carolina (21-0) and Iowa (21-2) stay the top-ranked groups within the nation and are the favorites for the NCAA title.

Nevertheless, Auriemma’s squad ought to be a risk to make a championship run come match time.

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