Mar 21, 2017Auriemma: ‘If your body language is bad, you’ll never get in the game’
Video from a Geno Auriemma press conference during last year’s NCAA women’s Final Four is getting a lot of attention this week, and it’s worth revisiting given its strong message to young athletes.
Auriemma, who has led UConn to 109 straight wins and four consecutive national titles, took time during his presser to rail against selfish players who fail to show enthusiasm for the game or their teammates. He even talked about players on his own team and how a couple years earlier he benched one of his best players for “acting like a 12-year-old.”
“What they (see on TV) is just people being really cool, so they think that’s how they’re going to act. They haven’t even figured out what foot to use as a pivot foot, and they’re gonna act like they’re really good players. You see it all the time. You see it in every AAU game, you see it in every high school game, so recruiting kids that are really upbeat, loving life and love the game and have this tremendous appreciation for when your teammates do something well, that’s hard. It’s really hard.
“I’d rather lose than watch some kids play the way some kids play,” he said. “And they’re allowed to get away with whatever and they’re always thinking about themselves. I didn’t score, why should I be happy? I didn’t get enough minutes, why should I be happy? That’s unfortunately the world we live in today.”
Check out the video below.
Parents: If you have an athlete above the age of 7 in your household, sit them down and watch this with them for 2 minutes and 38 seconds. (Geno Auriemma, Head Women's Basketball Coach, UConn)
Posted by Coach Lisle on Monday, March 20, 2017