Check out our new UConn Athletics podcast called Unscripted! Click play below or check us out on Soundcloud or Spotify

banner cw.jpg

Geno Auriemma: Creator of an everlasting foundation

By michael logan • april 15, 2019 • 6:09 a.m.

A basketball program is like a home - it needs a sturdy foundation in order to thrive. UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma has been laying the bricks to build a program and a home for Huskies past, present and future, with a foundation that will never crumble.

Prior to Auriemma’s first year at UConn in 1985, the women’s program went 52-88 from 1980-85 under head coach Jean Balthaser. They were anything but the “Basketball Capital of the World.”

“It was a glorified intramural program, so to speak, a club program with scholarships,” Auriemma said. “And then all of a sudden, you look up now 34 years later and it’s nationally known and people around the world tune into UConn women’s basketball.”