New deal expires April 15, 2009

Connecticut announced Friday that it had agreed to a new five-year contract with Geno Auriemma, keeping the coach at the university through April 15, 2009.

The new deal is effective retroactively on July 1, 2004. During the fourth year of the new contract, Auriemma and UConn will negotiate terms of a new contract.

"Geno is the finest women's college basketball coach in the country and we are very pleased to announce this new contract," UConn athletic director Jeff Hathaway said in a statement. "Coach Auriemma has developed an outstanding reputation for producing winning teams on the basketball court here at UConn and for having quality student-athletes in the program. He is an outstanding member of the community here on campus and in the entire state of Connecticut. We look forward to many more years of success with Coach Auriemma leading our women's basketball program."

Auriemma is currently in his 20th season at UConn and led the Huskies to NCAA titles in 1995, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004. He also has led the Huskies to eight Final Four appearances, 14 Big East Conference regular-season titles and 16 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Under his watch, the Huskies also recorded a Division I-record 70-game winning streak from 2001-03. His 541 career coaching victories -- all at UConn -- give him an .835 career winning percentage.

"I am very glad we were able to do this and I want to thank (President) Phil Austin and Jeff Hathaway for all their support," Auriemma said. "I want to thank the people of Connecticut who have been so supportive of me and our program for the past 20 years. This new contract is a reflection of the University's commitment to me and my commitment to the University."