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University to Co-Present a Key Issues Forum on "Winning Streaks"

Posted 12/19/2011
Posted by David Isgur

The Hartford Courant/FOX CT, the MetroHartford Alliance and the University of Hartford will host a free Key Issues Forum on winning streaks with three of the winningest coaches in the nation on Thursday, January 12, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the University of Hartford’s Lincoln Theater in West Hartford, Conn.

The coaches will talk about not just winning but also maintaining record levels of performance and what lessons their winning streaks hold for life. Panelists include:

Paul Assaiante–Men’s Squash Coach, Trinity College

Entering his 18th year at Trinity and having amassed a record of 303-8, Head coach Paul Assaiante and the men's squash team are coming off a 13th consecutive national championship season. Assaiante is the owner of the longest winning streak in the history of U.S. collegiate varsity sports. He is the author, with James Zug, of "Run to the Roar: Coaching to Overcome Fear" (Penguin).

Geno Auriemma–Women's Basketball Coach, University of Connecticut

Under Geno Auriemma’s guidance, the UConn Huskies have been transformed from a program with only one winning season to one with seven national titles, 12 Final Fours, four perfect seasons (1995, 2002, 2009, 2010) and 36 Big East titles, all since Auriemma's arrival in 1985. Auriemma led the Huskies to a 90-game winning streak from 2008-10, eclipsing the previous NCAA record of 88 straight wins set by John Wooden’s UCLA teams in the 1970s.

Jennifer Rizzotti - Women's Basketball Coach, University of Hartford

Head coach Jennifer Rizzotti is the all-time winningest coach for women’s or men’s basketball at the University of Hartford, having built the women’s basketball program into an America East power and a nationally recognized program. Her teams have won four regular-season championships in the past six years and five tournament championships in nine years, and have made six trips to the NCAA Tournament. Rizzotti also coached the USA Basketball U-19 women’s national team in 2011 and U-18 national team in 2010. Both teams won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championships. Rizzotti was a star point guard on the UConn Huskies’ 1995 team that won the national championship.

Oz Griebel, president and CEO of the MetroHartford Alliance, will moderate.

The Courant has sponsored Key Issues Forums on topics of importance to the community for more than 25 years.  The forum is free and open to the public. Please register at 

University of Hartford’s Lincoln Theater is located on the University campus, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford. For directions and a map, go to In case of bad weather, check the website for updates.

Media inquiries should be directed to David Isgur, director of media relations at the University of Hartford,, 860.768.4340 (office), 860.214.3961 (cell).

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