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Friday, September 06, 2013

Auriemma named Olympic coach

Geno Auriemma was offficially named the U.S. Senior National Team women's basketball coach through the 2016 Olympics.

Auriemma coached the U.S. to a fifth straight gold medal in 2012 but said he was not interested in being the Olympic coach again.

"When people ask me if I was going to do this again throughout the course of the spring and summer," Auriemma said. "I said exactly how I was feeling. I had done it; it was great; it was unbelievable but I felt like it was time to move on to something different," Auriemma said.

That was how Auriemma felt until about three weeks ago when  he decided to agree to another term as the Olympic coach.

Auriemma figures to have a different looking team than the dominant squad which won the 2012 title as six of the 12 members of the gold-medal winning team are over 30.

"Playing for Coach Auriemma challenges and excites me as a competitor," said 2012 Olympic gold medalist and former UConn star Maya Moore. "I love his passion and personality as a coach.

Auriemma will become the first person to coach the U.S. women's basketball in consecutive Olympics. John Head coached the gold medals in the 1953 and 1957 World Championships.
The U.S. team, which featured six former UConn players, won the Olympic gold medal for the fifth straight time in 2012.

Auriemma is entering his 29th season at UConn. He has a 839-133 record and with seven of the top scorers back from a team which won the program's eighth national title, the Huskies figure to be the preseason No. 1 team heading into the 2013-14 season.


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