Quotes From Geno’s Olympic Presser At Gampel

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Here are some comments regarding Geno Auriemma’s decision to return as head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team. It is a tenure that will run through the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Auriemma
“When people have this much confidence in you and people ask you to do something that’s not easy to do and they have a lot of admiration for the way you’ve done it in the past that means a lot, and it means a lot that people that you have a lot of respect for think enough of you to want you to do this,’’ Auriemma said. “And, obviously, representing your country is something that you don’t take lightly and it’s something that every person in America wishes they could do. And here I am getting an opportunity to do it again. It’s hard to put into words what it all means and how you feel at the end, but it’s another journey, it’s another beginning. I’m incredibly honored to be asked to do this again. Now it’s my job to go around and ask all those players that won the gold medal in London if they’ll come along on this ride and help me look good again.’’

USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo
“Geno has paid has dues in more ways than one,’’ Colangelo said. “He is the kind of guy that you want in that foxhole with you in our quest to maintain to our position. We had a long way to go to get back on top with the men’s program. We did that, but we did it by showing respect. And when you show respect you earn respect. The women’s dominance in basketball has been unbelievable. And so there’s a little bit of pressure in trying to maintain that dominance. And so you need a kind of a personality who’s ready for that kind of a fight. And I think Geno represents that.’’

“Geno has paid has dues in more ways than one,’’ Colangelo said. “He is the kind of guy that you want in that foxhole with you in our quest to maintain our position. We had a long way to go to get back on top with the men’s program. We did that, but we did it by showing respect. And when you show respect you earn respect. The women’s dominance in basketball has been unbelievable. And so there’s a little bit of pressure in trying to maintain that dominance. And so you need a kind of a personality who’s ready for that kind of a fight. And I think Geno represents that.’’

USA Women’s National Team Steering Committee Carol Callan and USA Basketball Executive Director
“Ultimately, I think the key is is that Geno, and this will sound corny, is a great American, simply put,’’ Callan said. “He has a passion for women’s basketball. He understands the difficulty of winning, and I can’t emphasize that enough because I think our players and our coaches make it look easy, and it really isn’t. But, ultimately, when you ask somebody to do something that is as important as winning gold medals, maybe it’s not fair but they really have to assess it. I’d like to think we help make it enjoyable along the way. I would like to think we helped him… Maybe the fact that he won an eighth national championship coming off of the Olympics shows that he can do quite a few things well at the same time. But I go back and I think it’s because he is a great American. I think he wears his heart on his sleeve and his flag on the other sleeve. And I think that’s a big piece of it.’’

Former UConn All-American and three-time Olympic gold medalist Diana Taurasi
“To have another opportunity to play for coach is truly an honor,’’ Taurasi said. “Our pursuit of another world championship and gold medal is top on his list and we will be fully prepared. It’s nice that he would sacrifice his golf game for the good of the country.’’

Rich

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