Chris Dailey: For all 24 of Geno Auriemma's seasons at UConn, Dailey has been right by his side.
After serving as an assistant from 1985-88, Dailey was promoted to associate head coach and has been the Huskies' lead recruiter for much of her stint in Storrs. Serving as head coach, she also led the Huskies to Big East Tournament titles in 1989 and 1997 when Auriemma was out because of suspension and to attend his father's funeral, respectively. The '89 championship was the Huskies' first conference tournament crown.
Dailey played four years at Rutgers (1978-82), serving as a captain her final two seasons, and helped the Scarlet Knights to an AIAW Division I championship in 1982, the league's final year before it dissolved and gave way to the NCAA. Her championship team was inducted into the Rutgers Lady Knight Hall of Fame in 1992.
In the 1982-83 season, Dailey began her coaching her as an assistant at Cornell before serving the same role at her alma mater for two seasons.
Born in New Jersey, Dailey resides in Ellington and is involved in numerous regional charities.
Jamele Elliott: Aside from Geno Auriemma and Chris Dailey, Elliott is the only other person to play a major role in each of UConn's five national titles.
As a forward for the Huskies from 1992-1996, Elliott was a key member in the school's first national championship and undefeated season in 1995. Elliott joined the coaching staff in the 1997-98 season and works primarily with the post players; she has helped develop all-conference players such as Tina Charles, Swin Cash and Asjha Jones.
While still a player, Elliott became the second player, at that time, to surpass 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. She also never missed a game or practice over her four seasons, in which UConn went 117-18. She finished her career ranked second in school history in rebounds (with 1,054) and No. 5 in conference play (558), and 11th in career scoring (1,387).
Elliott earned both a degree in business management and a graduate degree in sports management at UConn. She is a Washington, D.C., native.
Shea Ralph: One of the most successful and well-known players in school history, Ralph joined the Huskies' coaching staff as an assistant in the 2008-09 season. The previous five years were spent as an assistant at Pittsburgh before returning to UConn, where she primarily works with the guards and aids in recruiting.
Ralph was a cog in the Huskies' second NCAA national championship in 2000, earning All-America and Big East player of the Year as a senior. She was also named the 2000 NCAA Final Four's MVP. Despite a string of knee injuries, Ralph is No. 8 in school history in scoring with 1,678 points, and ranking in the top 10 in career assists (456), steals (252) and field goal percentage (.579). In her four seasons, the Huskies won the Big East regular season and conference title each year.
While at Pittsburgh from 2004-2008, the Panthers finished with at least 22 wins in each of her three seasons, and in 2008, advanced to the NCAA regionals for the first time.
Ralph was drafted in the third round of the 2001 WNBA draft by the Utah Starzz (now the San Antonio Silver Stars), but never competed due to knee injuries. She also served as an assistant for the Springfield Spirit of the NWBL in 2003.
Ralph was named the national high school player of the year for basketball in 1996 while at Terry Sanford High in Fayetteville (N.C.). While in high school, she held 17 state basketball records.
Jack Eisenmann: After 12 seasons as head coach of the men's basketball team at the University of Ottawa, Eisenmann joined UConn as the director of basketball operations in the 2001-02 season.
Eisenmann played basketball at St. Mary's in Halifax, Nova Scotia, during the 1971-72 season, but eventually transferring to Ottawa and played three seasons there from 1976-79. He first spent 10 years in business, ultimately becoming the vice president of human resources in the health care field, before spending 12 years as Ottawa's men's basketball coach. Under Eisenmann in 1993, Ottawa had its most successful season, winning the Ontario Provincial championship and qualifying for the Canadian national championship game.
A native of Norristown, Pa., Eisenmann graduated from St. Mary's and earned a master's in social sciences from Ottawa in 1979.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun