UConn coach Geno Auriemma had his wild-ride at the Olympics and is now believes that it is “someone else’s turn” to lead the U.S. women’s basketball team to their next gold.
Unlike the U.S. men’s basketball team, where Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski returned to the London Olympics to steal his second gold, the U.S. women’s basketball team has a long-standing custom of changing coaches each Olympics.
Since 1976 Olympics, the U.S. women’s basketball team has seen nine different coaches. And for the past five-straight gold victories, the women’s basketball team has been led by Tara VanDerveer, Nell Fortner, Van Chancellor and Anne Donovan, before Geno Auriemma qualified for the job three years before the London Olympics.
Although Geno Auriemma revealed he was “honored and thrilled…glad” and “ecstatic” with the opportunity of coaching the ideal U.S. women’s basketball team that headed all his directions, at the moment he harbored “zero interest” at being their coach through another Olympics.
Geno Auriemma aims to focus on the coaching the UConn Huskies, who could have a “special” next two season. Almost everyone from the UConn’s last season team is coming back and a high-rated recruiting class will ensure a thrilling next four years period for the team aiming from some NCAA championships.
Besides, Geno Auriemma revealed he didn’t want to bush the USA Basketball Committee towards making rash decisions when the stakes at the Olympics are too high. Geno Auriemma wants the director of USA Basketball, Jerry Colangelo to decide on what’s best for the team.
"Its four years of work that goes into winning eight games,” said Geno Auriemma who also revealed that winning the Olympics had been the most stressful part of his career. “And there is a tremendous sense of obligation to those who trust you.”
Geno Auriemma a return at coaching the U.S. women’s basketball team to his favorite mint chocolate chip ice cream, which loses its’ appeal when you’ve had the first portion.
"The second bowl doesn't taste as good as the first one," stated Geno Auriemma. "It never has and it never will."
However, Geno Auriemma’s merits at coaching are undeniable. The coach who saw the UConn to seven national titles, led the U.S. women’s basketball team to a U-turn (86-73) from the brink of disaster when they trailed the Australians during the first half of the Olympics semifinals. And Geno Auriemma delivered again when the U.S. women’s basketball team successfully pulled away from close first quarter against their Olympics gold contenders – the French team to win 86-50.
Caroline Williams, USA Basketball spokeswoman, revealed that it’s too early in the process to determine a Rio Olympics 2016, coach for the U.S. women’s basketball team just yet. She predicted the preliminary selection to begin by the winter since the U.S. women’s basketball team doesn’t head into a major competition the 2014 World Championships.
Carol Callan, the head of the USA women's basketball program had similar views, but he indicated they were “open” giving coaches a second Olympics.
"You know, that's like asking a woman who delivers a baby at 4:45 at 4:50 when they are going to have another," Carol Callan said about the sensitivity of situation for the UConn coach . "But (regarding Geno Auriemma) you can never say never… but remember we've never done it before."