Jul 31, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma (right) shakes hands with United States president Barack Obama during a visit to the White House. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Geno Auriemma will return as USA women’s basketball coach


The United States women’s basketball team will be gearing up for a second Olympic run under the tutelage of Geno Auriemma, according to the Associated Press. The move will be made official later today as the team prepares for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

From the AP:

USA Basketball will discuss the move at a news conference Friday in Connecticut. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the appointment of the Connecticut coach has not been announced.

Auriemma will be the first repeat coach for the U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team, which has won a gold medal at the past five games. Mike Krzyzewski decided in May he would return to coach the men a third time.

Auriemma’s team cruised through the 2012 London Games, winning by an average of 34 points, including an 86-50 rout of France for the title.

Auriemma was mum on whether he returned after the London Games, but it looks like the time away was all that he needed in order to get that fire to return to competition.

Heading in to the 2016 Olympics, the USA women’s basketball team will be the clear favorite.

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