UConn Women’s Basketball Coach to Speak April 23 at Assumption College

Geno Auriemma, internationally renowned 27-year head coach of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team (and proud parent of Assumption graduate Michael Auriemma), will deliver Assumption College’s 11th annual Business Lecture on Ethics on Tuesday, April 23 in Laska Gymnasium. In his talk, which begins at 7 p.m., he will explore what principled leadership means, and how to find the connection between ethics and business leadership. Through respect, passion, and dedication, Coach Auriemma has been able to balance leadership with his morals, which has transformed the UConn basketball team into the legacy it is today.

During his illustrious tenure as head coach, Auriemma has transformed the UConn program into the standard that all others are measured, both on and off the court. Under his guidance, the Huskies have eight national titles, 15 Final Fours, four perfect seasons, and 37 BIG EAST titles, all since Auriemma's arrival in 1985. On the court, his success includes seven national championships, as well as complete dominance in the BIG EAST Conference. Off the court, success means a flawless, 100 percent graduation rate among four-year players and one of the most beloved and followed sports teams in the country. This unmatched success, which is the standard for collegiate programs nationally, was recognized with Auriemma's induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (Springfield, Mass.) and the Women Basketball Hall of Fame (Knoxville, Tenn.) in 2006.

Auriemma was recently bestowed with one of the most prestigious honors someone in his profession can receive, as he was named the head coach of the U.S. National Team, which won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Auriemma's squad, which included six former Huskies, posted a spotless 8-0 record en route to the gold medal.

In addition to being a legendary basketball coach, Auriemma, who was born in Italy, is also a successful winemaker and restaurant entrepreneur, owning Geno's Fastbreak, located at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn. A new restaurant, Geno's Grille, will soon open at Storr's Center in Storrs, Conn.

The Business Lecture on Ethics is sponsored by the Assumption College MBA Program and Department of Business Studies. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by April 16 to Nicki Lazaros at ext. 7205 or cn.lazaros@assumption.edu.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College
ke.dunbar@assumption.edu @AssumptionNews