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Gino Auriemma

Luigi “Geno” Auriemma (born March 23, 1954) is an Italian-born American. Auriemma emigrated with his family from Montella in Southern Italy to Norristown, Pennsylvania when he was seven years old, and he spent the rest of his childhood there. He did not speak English when his family emigrated and he was tutored in 2nd grade at St. Francis of Assisi by a classmate named John. He is a college basketball coach and the head coach of the University of Connecticut Huskies women’s basketball team. He has led UConn to eleven… Continue Reading…

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Diana Taurasi

Diana Taurasi Speaks at A Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant https://youtu.be/8UdA5vsj94M     Like a light switch, when that first whistle blows, the modest, kind-hearted kid from Chino, CA becomes the “White Mamba” (a label appropriately given to her by the “Black Mamba” himself, Kobe Bryant). But unlike Dr. Jekyll’s intrinsic Mr. Hyde, Taurasi’s transformational potion is the game of basketball itself. That, in essence, defines Diana Taurasi, regardless of what you call her (the White Mamba, DT, Dee, G.O.A.T., etc.). She’s a dichotomy that exists in… Continue Reading…

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