Kathy Auriemma remembers an empty gym at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell as the first place she laid eyes on her husband, famed female basketball coach Geno Auriemma, writes Mike Jensen for Philly.com.
“We actually met at our first basketball game. I was a cheerleader. He was a basketball player,” said Kathy. The rest, as they say, is history.
After spending years playing the sport, including as a second-stringer at MCCC, Geno Auriemma moved on to coaching jobs and classes at West Chester University. With working overnight and coaching hoops, he was left with little time to study, which caused him to not graduate from college.
After losing a great coaching job opportunity in New Mexico for that reason, he enrolled back in West Chester for night classes. Next year a job offer arrived from Virginia coach Debbie Ryan, and the couple picked up and moved to Charlottesville.
From there, it was only upwards for Auriemma who transferred to UConn in 1985, and has been its head coach ever since. In that time he has won eleven championship titles and built a reputation that gives him the pick of high school blue-chippers.
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