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Auriemma finalist for Naismith Women's Basketball Coach of the Year. Press Release.

POSTED March 18, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

ATLANTA - As his team prepares to enter the 2015 NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed in the Albany Region, University of Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma was selected as one of four finalists for the 2015 Naismith Women's Basketball Coach of the Year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Wednesday.

On March 6, Auriemma picked up his second-straight and 12thoverall conference Coach of the Year honor after leading UConn to a 29-1 overall record in the regular season.

The Huskies finished conference play with a perfect 18-0 record, defeating league opposition by an average of 48.7 points per game.

The squad clinched The American's regular season crown outright on Feb. 28 with an 87-24 victory over Memphis at Gampel before securing an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament by virtue of winning the American Athletic Conference Championship, held at Mohegan Sun Arena on March 6-9.

Over the course of 30 seasons at Connecticut, Auriemma was named Coach of the Year in the former Big East conference a total of ten times and garnered National Coach of the Year honors seven times.

Auriemma has guided the Huskies to a record nine national championships and owns the record for consecutive Final Four appearances with seven. In total, he has overseen 16 UConn trips to the Final Four.

Auriemma has won a total of six Naismith National Coach of the Year awards with the last coming in the 2008-09 campaign.

Auriemma is joined by Dawn Stelay (South Carolina), Courtney Banghart (Princeton) and Sue Semrau (Florida St.) on the finalist list. The award will be announced on April 7, 2015.

The Huskies will open play in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 21 at 9 p.m. ET at Gampel Pavilion against NEC Champion St. Francis Brooklyn.

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