UConn’s Geno Auriemma perfect vs. members of his coaching tree

Former UConn players who transitioned into coaching careers have faced their alma mater multiple times, creating an intriguing history. However, Geno Auriemma’s coaching influence extends beyond players to include former assistants and graduate assistants. As a result, Auriemma’s UConn teams have an undefeated record of 78-0 against opponents where his former players, assistant coaches, or graduate assistants are part of their coaching staff.

Here’s an in-depth look at the players, assistant coaches, and graduate assistants from UConn that the Huskies have defeated, as well as their respective teams at the time of their victories:

– Jamelle Elliott (Cincinnati) 15-0
– Tonya Cardoza (Temple) 15-0
– Nykesha Sales (Central Florida assistant) 10-0
– Jennifer Rizzotti (Hartford) 9-0
– Shea Ralph (Pittsburgh assistant) 7-0
– Stacey Hansmeyer (Oklahoma assistant) 7-0
– Carla Berube (Providence assistant, Princeton head coach) 4-0
– Morgan Valley (Holy Cross assistant) 2-0
– Charlene Curtis (Wake Forest) 2-0
– Kris Lamb (Duquesne assistant) 1-0
– Jacquie Fernandes (Fairfield assistant) 1-0
– Paige Sauer (Northern Colorado assistant) 1-0
– Liz Sherwood (Louisville graduate assistant) 1-0
– Jasmine Lister (DePaul assistant) 1-0
– Tamika Williams-Jeter (Ohio State assistant) 1-0
– Chloe Pavlech (Baylor assistant) 1-0

Notably, Lamb also served as an assistant under Rizzotti at Hartford, and Willnett Crockett, a former player, became an assistant coach under Cardoza at Temple.

The impact of Auriemma’s coaching tree is evident from the unbeaten record against teams led by his former affiliates. The photos capture some of these memorable encounters, showcasing the friendly yet competitive nature of these matchups.


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