UConn women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma will soon receive a new five-year contract. According to Hartford Courier’s John Altavilla (Nov. 25), the deal is expected to make Auriemma the highest paid coach in women’s college basketball history and keep the long-time coach at UConn at least through the 2017-18 season.
The exact details of the contract are unknown since Auriemma and UConn athletic director Warde Manuel have yet to sit down and discuss the makeup of the deal. However, the 58-year old Auriemma previously indicated that he would probably want a five-year deal and Manuel said that he has worked to construct the contract under that assumption.
The new contract would go in effect at the beginning of next year since Auriemma is in the final year of a five-year, $8 million contract that he signed in 2008. He is making about $1.8 million in base salary, this year.
Auriemma’s last contract also called for him to make $1.1 million for speaking and media appearances in 2008 with annual increases of $75,000. He also receives bonuses for making the NCAA Tournament, reaching the Final Four and winning a national title.
Auriemma is without question one of the best coaches in women’s college basketball history.
Auriemma, who has compiled an 804-129 record in 28-years with the Huskies, has the highest winning percentage in women’s college basketball history and the sixth most victories among Division I coaches. He has led UConn to 26 straight winning seasons and 24 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
UConn has won seven Division I national titles (second most ever) and has reached the Final Four 13 times (second most) under Auremma’s tutelage. Auriemma has led the Huskies to 19 Big East regular season titles and 18 conference tournament crowns. He has also guided the Huskies to four perfect seasons and is the first coach in women’s college basketball history to lead his team to five consecutive Final Four appearances on two separate occasions.
Auriemma was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. He has been named national coach-of-the-year seven times and Big East coach-of-the- year 10 times.
Prior to Auriemma’s arrival in 1985, the Huskies only had one winning season in their history.
Chasing Pat Summitt
Depending on how long Auriemma decides to coach, he could surpass former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt on the all-time list for wins and national championships.
While Auriemma will not catch Summitt on the all-time victories list before his next contract expires, it is entirely realistic that he will have the most national titles. He is currently 289 victories and one national championship behind Summitt’s all-time record. Summitt accomplished her feats (1,098 victories and eight national championships) in 39 seasons.
Over the last four years, UConn has averaged 36.5 wins per season and won two national championships. The Huskies have also reached the Final Four in each of the past four seasons.
If UConn is able to average 36 wins a season over the next six years, Auriemma will still be 73 wins behind Summitt at the conclusion of the 2017-18 season.
Can Auriemma tie Summitt for the most championships in 2013?
Absolutely. While the season is still very young, the second-ranked Huskies look very good. UConn is 5-0 heading into their game against Colgate in Hartford on Nov. 28.
The Huskies are averaging 90.2 points a game and have won each of their first five games by at least 30 points a game. UConn returned nine letterwinners from last year’s Final Four squad and they brought in the number one recruiting class according to ESPN Hoopgurlz.
The Huskies are a very talented and deep team. UConn has 10 players who are currently averaging at least 10 minutes of play action a game and four players scoring in double figures. They are also strong on the defensive end and versatile offensively as they can score inside and outside.
In addition, junior guard Bria Hartley is working her way back into the rotation after missing the first two games with an ankle injury. Hartley, who was named to the Preseason Wade Watch List, is averaging seven points a game in 15.3 minutes of playing action per game.