Chris Dailey Earns Women's Basketball Hall Of Fame Honor

Feb. 12, 2018


STORRS, CT—UConn Women’s Basketball Associate Head Coach Chris Dailey has been named a Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer.

During halftime of Monday’s nationally-televised game in Gampel Pavilion against Louisville, Coach Dailey was one of seven women’s basketball iconic figures selected for induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018 honorees will be enshrined on June 9, 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Dailey will become the fifth member of the UConn Women’s Basketball family to join the elite list of inductees to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Head Coach Geno Auriemma was inducted in 2006. Rebecca Lobo was inducted in 2010, Jennifer Rizzotti in 2013, and Kara Wolters in 2017,

Chris Dailey is in her 33rd year on the UConn Women’s Basketball staff, having come to Storrs with Geno Auriemma in the spring of 1985.

Together, Auriemma and Dailey have combined to lead UConn to an all-time record 11 NCAA National Championships (1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). Entering the Louisville game on Monday, the overall 33-year record at UConn for the Auriemma/Dailey combination is a stunning 1,015 victories and just 135 losses.

UConn has won four of the past five NCAA titles and the Huskies overall record during the past six seasons (since the 2012-13 season) is 211-6.

Geno and Chris have transformed UConn Women’s Basketball from a program with just one winning season in its history when they arrived in Storrs in 1985 to the most successful and dominant program in the history of women’s basketball.

“From the start, it’s been more about partners, two people starting a business and they each have an equal stake in it,” Coach Auriemma says. “We used her strengths and mine and put them together to build this thing from a mom-and-pop operation into what it is today.”

As a coaching tandem, Geno and Chris have combined to direct the UConn women’s basketball program to 18 appearances in the NCAA Final Four during the past 27 years, including 10 consecutive Final Four berths in the past decade. Also, undefeated seasons were produced en route to six of UConn’s 11 NCAA Championships (1994-95, 2001-02, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2013-14, 2015-16).

The best illustrator to showcase the unrivaled ability of Coach Auriemma and Coach Dailey to transform a perennial losing program into the winningest collegiate women’s basketball program in history would be the following three statistical facts:

---First 11 Seasons of UConn Women’s Basketball---(1974-75 thru 1984-85)=Won 92, Lost 162

---First 8 Seasons of Auriemma/Dailey at UConn---(1985-86 thru 1992-93)=Won 162, Lost 78

---Past 25 Seasons of Auriemma/Dailey at UConn---(1993-94 thru 2017-18*)=Won 853, Lost 57

*--Entering the UConn-Louisville game of Feb. 14, 2018

Chris Dailey’s role as Associate Head Coach of the UConn women’s basketball program includes serving as coordinator of the Huskies national and global recruiting efforts. Through the years, the program has attracted players from 30 different states, the District of Columbia and six foreign countries.

In addition to her outstanding 33-year coaching career at UConn that has produced an unprecedented 11 NCAA National Championships, Chris Dailey was also a national champion as a collegiate player.

Chris was a captain of the 1981-82 Rutgers women’s basketball team that beat Texas for the 1982 AIAW National Championship.

Joining Chris Dailey as members of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018 are:

Katie Smith

Chamique Holdsclaw

Tina Thompson

Ceal Barry

Rose Marie Battaglia

Mickie DeMoss


 

 

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