By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: December 18th, 2014 at 1:20 PM EST
Geno Auriemma and Mike Krzyzewski have been named Co-National Coaches of the Year by USA Basketball. Both USA head coaches led their teams to the gold medal in 2014.
Also, each head coach helped their team qualify for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. The selection was made by the USA Basketball Board of Directors.
This is the third time that Auriemma has received this award. While it is the sixth time that Krzyzewski was selected with this recognition.
“USA Basketball is incredibly grateful to Coach Auriemma and Coach K for all of the time and hard work that they have dedicated to USA Basketball this past summer and throughout the years,” said USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director Jim Tooley . “Our national teams are much stronger because of their commitments, and we are very are proud to honor them as our Co-National Coaches of the Year.”
Auriemma, who is the Connecticut women’s basketball head coach, was a perfect 6-0 at the FIBA World Championships. His team competed in Istanbul, Turkey from September 27 through October 5th.
“Well I’m still way behind Coach K!” joked Auriemma about earning his third USA Basketball National Coach of the Year award. “It’s a great honor to be the coach of this team and have the opportunity to coach the best players in the world against the best teams in the world. It’s something that, no matter how many years I’m with USA Basketball or how many gold medals we win, it’s always something that’s a special feeling. To be associated with Coach K again certainly puts me in great company.”
Coach K guided his tram to a 9-0 record and a gold medal at the FIBA Basketball World Cup following the loss of Paul George to a serious leg injury. The World Cup took place in Bilbao, Barcelona and Madrid, Spain from August 30th through September 14th.
“Sharing this award with Geno is terrific, because he is one of the great coaches of all time in any sport,” Krzyzewski said. “He has made this commitment to USA Basketball and so have I, and it’s turned out to be great, where both teams have won at the highest level and represented our country at the highest level.
“The sixth time seems surreal, like how could you be doing it for that long?” Krzyzewski continued. “So when I think about that, I think about how lucky I am to be the national coach of our men’s team. So, it’s an honor, and I hope there is another one in the future.”
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