UConn Coach’s Speech Getting Attention Year Later


Coach Geno Auriemma, for the UConn Women’s Basketball team, spoke at a press conference during the 2016 Final Four about the importance of values on the court. 

Auriemma’s philosophy has been receiving attention on the internet even a year later, according to the NCAA.

Having won 109 games in a row, Auriemma has much to be proud about. Yet, his words of wisdom from this 2016 conference highlight that he still cares about how his players behave.

"We put a huge premium on body language," Auriemma said. "And if your body language is bad, you will never get in the game. Ever. I don't care how good you are."

Auriemma looked back on a game where he benched Seattle Storm and All-American Breanna Stewart.

"It was because she was acting like a 12-year-old," the coach said."I would rather lose than watch the way some kids play."

He said he doesn't want his players to only think about themselves when they're in the game.

"'Me, me, me. I didn't score, so why should I be happy?'" Auriemma said. "That's the world that we live in today, unfortunately."

Auriemma and the Huskies are currently in the third round of the NCAA tournament and are seeking a fifth straight national title, the NCAA said. His way of coaching emphasizes good sportsmanship from his players. “I’d rather lose than watch some kids play the way they play.”

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