UCONN athletics extends contracts of Geno Auriemma and Mike Cavanaugh

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Joining Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma were the Connecticut seniors honored before the NCAA college basketball game against Central Florida Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Storrs, Conn. They are, from left to right: Kyla Irwin (25), Crystal Dangerfield (5), Evelyn Adebayo (14), Molly Bent (10), Batouly Camara (32) (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)

STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) – Today David Benedict, director of athletics at the University of Connecticut, announced the five year extended contracts of head women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma and head men’s hockey coach Mike Cavanaugh.

The contract extension for Auriemma runs through April 2025, and can be extended for two additional one-year periods.

“Geno Auriemma has meant so much to the University of Connecticut, and to our entire state, for the last 36 years,” Benedict said.  “The program that Geno has built is the gold standard in college athletics and I’m thrilled that he will continue to lead it for the foreseeable future.”

“I would like to thank David Benedict and the University of Connecticut leadership for their continued commitment to me and the women’s basketball program,” Auriemma said.  “UConn has been great to me for the last 36 years and I look forward to being here for at least a few more years. I think the future for our program, and UConn Athletics, is exciting.”

Cavanaugh’s contract runs through April of 2026.

“Eight years ago, Mike Cavanaugh was tasked with the challenge of leading UCONN hockey through its transition from Atlantic Hockey and into the best conference in the country,” Benedict said.  “Over the last several seasons, we have been competitive with the best teams in the country and there is a lot of momentum behind this program.  It is clear that Cav’ is a great fit and the right leader to take UConn hockey to the next level.”

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