Geno Auriemma wins AP Coach of the Year for the ninth time

Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma talks to the media during a news conference at the women's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Dallas. Connecticut will play Mississippi State on Friday. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

DALLAS (AP) UConn’s Geno Auriemma is The Associated Press’ women’s college basketball Coach of the Year for the ninth time.

Auriemma has guided his team to an undefeated season so far and the Huskies have won 111 consecutive games overall.

This might be Auriemma’s best coaching job as he lost three All-Americans to graduation from last year’s team that won a fourth consecutive national championship.

He was presented the award Thursday after receiving 26 of the votes from a 33-member national media panel. The balloting was done before the NCAA Tournament.

Oregon State’s Scott Rueck was second with three votes while Drake’s Jennie Baranczyk received two. Duke’s Joanne P. McCallie and Mississippi State’s Vic Schaefer each received one vote.