Geno Auriemma becomes grandfather

Updated: August 25, 2010, 6:37 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Connecticut woman's basketball coach Geno Auriemma is a grandfather for the first time.

The 56-year-old Auriemma told reporters at the Pilot Pen tennis tournament that his 26-year-old daughter Jenna gave birth to Christian James Stigliano just before midnight on Tuesday.

It is the first grandchild for Auriemma and his wife, Kathy.

Auriemma's son-in-law, Todd Stigliano, was a soccer player at Providence, and Auriemma joked that the child likely will grow up in that sport, "head butting people, taking dives."

Auriemma was at the tournament on a break from recruiting for UConn and coaching the U.S. women's national team, which begins training camp next month.

The tournament is donating 5 percent of tickets sold through Geno's Cancer Team, back to Auriemma's charity.


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