Geno Auriemma has led UConn to eleven NCAA Division I national championships, something not matched by any other coach in women’s college basketball history. Along the way he has won seven national Naismith College Coach of the Year awards. His thoughts on why he focuses on things beyond the stats like attitude and body language are part of how he builds his team.
“Me, we, my coaching staff, 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. If somebody says, well, you just benched (Breanna Stewart) for 35 minutes in the Memphis game a couple of years ago. Yeah, I did. That was to motivate her for the South Carolina game the following Monday? No, it wasn’t. Stewy was acting like a 12-year-old. So I put her on the bench and said sit there.”