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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Title:Geno in Pursuit of Perfection Reviewer:Madison Gomer 352 p

    Title:Geno in Pursuit of Perfection
    Reviewer:Madison Gomer
    352 pages

    Geno Auriemma is the greatest coach in Women's College Division I basketball at the University of Connecticut. But being the most known male coach in Women's basketball and winning five national championships is not enough to take pride in for Auriemma. He never thinks he does a perfect job which is why he rides his players and outsiders think he is arrogant. You experience a Geno you have not heard on TV coaching or in press conferences. The other side of this fiery coach is just like anybody else out there, he is caring and compassionate. His philosophy and strategies to coaching are justified in this book relating to his past experiences and morals.

    Auriemma's personality is reflected throughout the book along with his old school style. Readers will be intrigued not only to study the actions and words toward the peers of this successful coach, but the pressure he is put through and why he acts the way he does. Jackie MacMullan, a premier sportswriter, adds substance to the book with a brief story at the end. Also Diana Turasi, a former player for Auriemma at Uconn, adds a heart-warming foreward.

    This book combines insight to Uconn Women's basketball, advice in life, being a coach, and what is not seen on the court. The only exception to the book is that it jumps around each chapter to different teams he has had. One chapter will be about the team he had in 94-95 and the next would be about the 88-89 team then back to the 96-97 team. Besides that setback, I strongly recommend this book for basketball junkies and especially for Uconn Women's basketball fans.

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  • Posted November 22, 2009

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    GENO AURIEMMA, THE MAN AND THE MYTH

    GENO
    In Pursuit of Perfection
    Geno Auriemma
    With Jackie MacMullan
    Grand Central Publishing
    ISBN: 978-0-446-694773
    $16.99 - Paperback
    352 pages
    Reviewer: Annie Slessman

    I was a cheerleader in my younger days and loved the game of basketball. I remember seeing the famous "Red Heads" play and thinking how great it would be to be them. Then I saw their coach throw a tantrum and thought maybe not..

    In the book, GENO, In Pursuit of Perfection by Geno Auriemma with Jackie MacMullan, Geno explains his theories of coaching a championship woman's basketball team with the same determination he seems to utilize in his coaching. He believes you must push to get the best out of people. And, obviously, he must have something there as his University of Connecticut's women's basketball team has had a number of perfect seasons.

    It is hard to believe this man has a problem believing he is good enough to be coaching this quality of player. But in this work, he explains that he never feels his best is good enough. Not that the man doesn't have confidence, he does. He just constantly strives to be better than the best.

    As he trips down memory lane and gives a brief bio on his former players, you see another Geno. You experience a man who has started from the bottom, fought his way to the top and knows what he is talking about when he tells players, "you can be better."

    So if you want to read a work about basketball, the elements of being a great coach or simply want to read something that involves the human elements required to climb that mountain of ambition, this work will provide you with some excellent insight and maybe some good advice along the way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2006

    EXCELLENT BOOK!

    Great read! Offers a lot of insight into the program as well as Geno's life. If you have been following the huskies since before it was 'cool', it explains a lot about what we saw and did not see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2006

    Awesome book for the Uconn fan

    I throughly enjoyed Geno Auriemma's book. It gave insite into him and the team that was unknown to me before, and I knew a lot! ) The one thing I did find a little annoying is that he kept going from the present to the past and back again, it might have been better to go in a more chronilogical order. Other than that it was a great book, I read it in its entirety the first day I got it, just unable to put it down. Go get this book!!

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