Auriemma earns Life­time Achieve­ment Award

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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 Univer­sity of Con­necti­cut women’s bas­ket­ball pro­gram for 2T 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 2T sea­sons at UConn, 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, 2010) and 3T 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 UConn 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 Ursi­nus 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 — or by cal­lLnJ WKH EDnTuHW PDnDJHPHnW RI­fiFH at 610-2T9-9220.

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