Auriemma earns Lifetime Achievement Award
With the sounds of the National Anthem still ringing in the ears of the players who stood on the Olympic podium and accepted their gold medals, the Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame announced women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma as its Lifetime Achievement Award winner for 2012. Auriemma will be present for the annual induction banquet on Oct. 9 at Westover Country Club.
Auriemma, who has coached the rniversity of Connecticut women’s basketball program for 27 seasons, is already a member of the Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame. He was inducted as part of the Hall’s fiIWK LnGuFWLRn FODVV Ln 2005.
In his 27 seasons at rConn, the Huskies have been transformed from a program with only one winning season, to its current state, which includes seven national titles, 13 Final Fours, four perfect seasons (1995, 2002, 2009, 2010F and 37 Big East titles.
Bringing Auriemma back to his native Montgomery County for the Lifetime Achievement Award is a celebration of his recent guidance of the women’s Olympic basketball team to a dominating run that culminated in winning the gold medal at the London Games. Auriemma called it “a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
Auriemma has been extremely busy in the last year, guiding rConn through another successful basketball season, then selecting and preparing the Olympic team for its historic run. Before leaving for London he expressed excitement over receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award and was looking forward to returning to the area in which he grew up.
Auriemma will be joined on the GDLV DW WKH EDnTuHW Ey fiYH SUHYL- ously announced Coaches Hall of Fame inductees — former Norristown High track coach Ernie Hadrick, former North Penn High softball coach and former rrsinus CROOHJH fiHOG KRFNHy FRDFK -RDn Moser, former North Penn High swimming coach Rick Carroll, current Lower Merion High basketball coach Gregg Downer and the late Lower Merion High basketball coach Bill Anderson — along with four volunteer coaches added to the Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame Honor Roll — Vince )ORFFR, AOHx DL1ROfi, -RKn /DUFLnese and John Yorgey.
Tickets for the banquet are available for purchase by contacting any member of the Hall of Fame Advisory Board. Additional information can be obtained by going to the website — www.mcchof.com or by callLnJ WKH EDnTuHW PDnDJHPHnW RIfiFH at 610-279-9220.