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April 14, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma to lead Team USA

Geno.jpgBased on the last Olympic Games, more Americans would have to go the Becky Hammon route in order for the latest Team USA news to cause a shift in the program winning gold. But it is very interesting that the USOC apparently chose Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma to be Anne Donovan’s successor for the 2012 London Games.
Team USA is just as dominate as the Huskies and I think I could coach them to gold. Check that. With a healthy Sylvia Fowles and Candace Parker anyone could. But the decision to bypass a WNBA coach for the position does say something.
The committee voted last month to nix a rule stating you had to have WNBA experience to be Team USA’s coach, a voluntary position. And college coaches worked for the men in Beijing. The last time the women were led by a college coach was Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer in 1996, prior to launching the WNBA.
Auriemma (pictured right) is proven, winning six championships with three undefeated seasons. If anyone can continue the winning tradition, it’s obviously him.

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