Legendary Coach Geno Auriemma Gives Great Kudos to JSU’s Coach Tomekia Reed

It’s no secret that Jackson State University’s Head Women’s Basketball coach Tomekia Reed has been dominating the SWAC for years. The 4x SWAC Coach of the year recently led her Lady Tigers to their third NCAA tournament berth since she’s taken over the program and she also is coming off of her 5th regular season SWAC tournament championship.

Coach Reed has fought through a lot of adversities as a double-minority coach and also coaching at an HBCU. These schools may also struggle with funding and resources especially for sports. JSU faced UConn in the first round of the NCAAW tournament and the UConn head coach had some very kind sentiments and kudos to Reed and the JSU Lady Tigers. 

Uconn’s head coach, Geno Auriemma, is labeled as one of the most successful and also legendary women’s basketball coaches in basketball history. His program has produced the most #1 overall WNBA draft picks and also the most first round draftpicks.  Auriemma shared a heartfelt speech about Reed and her program in a post game March Madness interview after his Huskies took the win over JSU.

“You play 18 conference games and you win them all. And you win your conference tournament. That’s a hell of a job. And it’s not like the first time, right? I mean she’s been doing this for quite some time now there.” Auriemma expressed. He continued on to give her further praise as a coach and to call out the lack of exposure for HBCU sports. He shared how these schools don’t get on TV enough nor do they get enough recognition. 

“I wanted to put myself out there for her [Reed]. I think we need coaches like her to be celebrated. And bigger schools need to not keep recycling coaches that are let go by other power 5 schools, or whatever you want to call them, and that they should start looking outside the box a little bit because there are a lot of great coaches out there. And she [Reed] is one of them.” Auriemma shared as he wrapped up his speech.

According to the Clarion Legion, Reed signed a 4 year contract in July 2020 that was worth a little over half a million but is set to expire over this weekend. There isn’t any confirmation if Reed will stay at JSU or sign with a new university.

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