Feb 4, 2015
Fundamentals help lead Auriemma to win No. 900

UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma won his 900th game Tuesday, reaching the milestone faster than any other NCAA coach (1, 034 games).

Recruiting some of the nation’s best athletes helps, but the dynasty Auriemma built at UConn comes from his attention to detail and emphasis on the game’s fundamentals. Just ask his players.

From The Associated Press:

While other coaches were telling Kerry Bascom Poliquin how big a star she was going to be in college, Auriemma told her how hard she would have to work and that she would get out of his program only what she put into it.

“The same thing he said to us is what he says to his players now, said Bascom Poliquin, who starred on Auriemma’s first Final Four team in 1991. It’s about hard work; it’s about practice and it’s about doing things the right way.”

Auriemma is still getting many of the best recruits to come to Storrs. And his current players say he still does it not by telling them they are going to win championships, but by challenging them to become championship-caliber players.

“Every day in practice he challenges us more than we will be challenged in the game, guard Moriah Jefferson said. He makes us do things that at the time seem impossible. We know if we can beat six or seven guys during a practice, then playing against five girls in a game, we can beat them.”

This is consistent with what Auriemma has preached in the past. He thrives on fundamental basketball and maximum effort, and it works. It’s hard to argue with nine national championships.

Fundamentals help lead Auriemma to win No. 900

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By Kevin Hoffman, Managing Editor

UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma won his 900th game Tuesday, reaching the milestone faster than any other NCAA coach (1, 034 games).

Recruiting some of the nation’s best athletes helps, but the dynasty Auriemma built at UConn comes from his attention to detail and emphasis on the game’s fundamentals. Just ask his players.

From The Associated Press :

While other coaches were telling Kerry Bascom Poliquin how big a star she was going to be in college, Auriemma told her how hard she would have to work and that she would get out of his program only what she put into it.

“The same thing he said to us is what he says to his players now, said Bascom Poliquin, who starred on Auriemma’s first Final Four team in 1991. It’s about hard work; it’s about practice and it’s about doing things the right way.”

Auriemma is still getting many of the best recruits to come to Storrs. And his current players say he still does it not by telling them they are going to win championships, but by challenging them to become championship-caliber players.

“Every day in practice he challenges us more than we will be challenged in the game, guard Moriah Jefferson said. He makes us do things that at the time seem impossible. We know if we can beat six or seven guys during a practice, then playing against five girls in a game, we can beat them.”

This is consistent with what Auriemma has preached in the past. He thrives on fundamental basketball and maximum effort, and it works. It’s hard to argue with nine national championships.






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