Auriemma will return as Team USA's women's head coach

USA Basketball announced on Friday that long-time UConn head coach Geno Auriemma was named to the same post for the USA women's national team for 2013-16.

"It's exciting to announce that Geno Auriemma is returning as head coach of the USA Women's National Team," said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball chairman. "Parity in women's international basketball is increasing each year and so selecting a coach with international basketball experience is critical. Being able to have some continuity in the program was another very important consideration.

"While those two things are important, when you add that Geno is a Hall of Fame coach who has led teams to Olympic and World Championship gold medals, and he is a coach who has won eight NCAA championships, it made the decision of having him lead our program for another four years a no-brainer. I witnessed first-hand at the London Olympics the caliber of coach he is and I feel extremely confident in Geno's abilities to continue to build on the legacy of the USA Basketball Women's National Team."

Auriemma led the U.S. women's team to a gold medal at the 2012 London Games. He will become the first repeat coach for the U.S. women and will lead the program through the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

In addition to his championship resume, the 59-year-old has recorded four undefeated seasons (1994-95, 2001-02, 2008-10), and most recently led his 2012-13 Huskies to a 35-4 record, marking an NCAA record eight-consecutive 30- win seasons.

"When people asked me if I was going to do this again, throughout the course of the spring and the summer, I said exactly how I was feeling. I had done it, it was great and it was unbelievable but I felt like it was time to move on to something different," said Auriemma, who was an assistant coach to the gold medalist 2000 U.S. Olympic Team. "I took a long time to make this decision from the time I was asked to the time I decided to say yes; longer than I have ever taken to make a decision. But in the end, I was reminded that the opportunity to represent your country is one you don't take lightly. This is not an opportunity that comes along too often. I was humbled by the request and I'm honored to do it again."