Winner of 11 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championships, Norristown’s Geno Auriemma Prefers to Stay Out of Spotlight

Norristown’s Geno Auriemma, coach of University of Connecticut's women's basketball team, prefers the quiet to the spotlight that comes with success. (Image via Geno Auriemma Fans Facebook page)

The son of an Italian immigrant who came to Norristown searching for a job, Geno Auriemma inherited his preference for quiet time from his father, writes Frank Fitzpatrick for

However, this can sometimes be an issue considering that Auriemma is the extremely successful NCAA coach of the women’s basketball team, the almost unbeatable Huskies. With a record of 210-16 over just the last six and a half seasons, it is no wonder the spotlight follows him wherever he goes.

In an interview with, Auriemma recalled returning from Minneapolis after winning the national championship with a perfect 35-0 season in 1994-1995.

“The first thing I asked our athletic director on the plane was, ‘Is there any way we can do what we just did and not have to deal with what’s coming next? ‘ And he said, ‘No, I’m sorry.’”

That’s the price that comes with success, added Auriemma. Simple daily outings to his children’s games or to a bookstore can end in people recognizing him and wanting to talk.

“I’ve got a TV show, a radio show,” he said. “All of a sudden you say, there’s too much going on. It’s like coaching the Yankees,” explained Auriemma.

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