Starting Point: University of Connecticut hires a new women’s basketball coach in 1988 to lead and shape a previously mediocre program

Organizing Strategy: A brilliant team of Coach Geno Auriemma and Assistant Coach Chris Daily recruit players willing to commit to a team concept and hard work

Tools: The coaches and players

Outcomes: The dominant women’s college program of all time, with ten national championships and counting, and a discipline and joy of cooperative practice that has set a new standard for emulation


The UConn Women’s basketball program is probably the most extraordinary story of sustained success, both in victories and inspiring generations of young women, even providing a frame for a sense of value-based community in the State of Connecticut. Rather than a focus on promoting individual play, the program has brought teamwork to new heights, emphasizing mutual awareness and hard work in practices as well as games.