Former McDevitt coach narrowly missed NCAA championship game, controversial call in 2 point loss

Luigi “Geno” Auriemma, legendary college basketball coach whose coaching career began at the former Bishop McDevitt High School, narrowly missed an NCAA women’s basketball finals appearance.

A “social media outcry” followed the University of Connecticut’s (coached by Auriemma) 71-69 loss to Iowa on Friday. According to CNN, #3 UConn was trailing by a single point on Friday with 3.9 seconds remaining when a foul was called on Aaliyah Edwards as she was setting up a screen with her team on their final offensive possession.

Basketball stars like LeBron James and Angel Reese have apparently weighed in on the controversy. Coach Auriemma’s post-game press conference is below:

According to Friends of Bishop McDevitt, Auriemma’s first coaching position was with the Lady Lancer basketball program during the 1977 and 1978 seasons. He was an assistant varsity coach under Jim Foster and head JV coach for two years.


The Montella, Italy native went on to win 11 NCAA women’s championships and over 1200 games with the University of Connecticut Huskies.

“Good luck tonight in the Final Four Coach Auriemma!” Friends of Bishop McDevitt said in a Facebook post.

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Photos: Friends of Bishop McDevitt, Screengrab: Youtube