If he has been considering retirement as he is approaching his 70th birthday next month, he has kept it to himself.
Right now, the women’s basketball head coach is still racking up victories and marching towards the position of the coach with the most victories ever. As of this writing, he has recorded 1,199 career wins and won 11 national championships, all at the same school that hired him in 1985.
“It’s like LeBron,” said former AP Player of the Year Paige Bueckers. “It’s so hard to stay that great for that long.”
Things have changed in Auriemma’s four decades of coaching, especially with some players avoiding forming close relationships with their coaches to their detriment.
“It’s so different, man,” he said. “It’s so, so different looking at it from a 40-year perspective. Right now, the beauty of coaching is trying to make them have a similar experience that those other players had. When you see it actually happening, it’s really, really rewarding. It just doesn’t happen enough.”
Read more about UConn’s Geno Auriemma and his coaching style in the Patriot Detroit.