As Chris Dailey Prepares For Honor, Love Pours In From UConn Family (USA)
Chris Dailey came to UConn more than three decades ago, focused on building a program from the ground up as she prepared for a head coaching job.
Eleven national titles later, Dailey is still molding the program. She never left for a head coaching job, choosing to remain as Geno Auriemma‘s top assistant with the best program in the sport.
On Monday, she was on the court tutoring her players as the Huskies prepare to depart for a trip to Italy Saturday. On Tuesday, she will be honored by the Connecticut Sun with the Margo Dydek Award.
The award, named in honor of the former Sun player, is presented to the Woman of Inspiration. The Sun are hosting the Seattle Storm, a team whose roster includes former Huskies Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird.
“I don’t think anyone gets into coaching thinking you’re going to get an honor,” Dailey said. “I think you do it because you love being around the players, you love teaching the game, you love impacting young people. To be recognized for doing something that you love, it’s a good feel.”
Dailey, 57, joked she was tired of talking about herself in the days leading up to the award presentation. But she has enjoyed hearing from past players who have praised her while admitting she set high standards.
“I think when you’re here, I probably am a lot more annoying,” Dailey said. “Then you maybe get it. Kind of like your parents. When you’re older you appreciate and understand what the person was trying to do.”
Said rising senior Gabby Williams, “She’s on you about every little thing. It kind of gets on your nerves and you’re kind of hearing it. Then you see you how things are run, other programs … you hear from other players and you’re like, OK, I’m actually really glad CD has been on me. I’ve heard from past players, as soon as you leave you wish you [still] had her.”
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