Jen Rizzotti, UConn legend, out as head coach at George Washington

George Washington head coach Jennifer Rizzotti points during the first half of a game against Maryland on Wednesday in Washington.

George Washington head coach Jennifer Rizzotti points during the first half of a game against Maryland on Wednesday in Washington.

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UConn legend Jen Rizzotti is out as head coach of the George Washington women’s basketball team, the school announced Monday.

Rizzotti, 46, who is also an assistant coach with USA Basketball, was at the helm for five seasons.

“I’d like to thank Jen for her relentless drive and commitment to continue the winning tradition of our storied women’s basketball program,” George Washington athletic director Tanya Vogel said in a statement. “We are particularly proud of her team’s efforts this year through their Bigger Than Basketball initiative to bring awareness to multiple social justice and humanitarian efforts.”

The Colonials went 9-14 this season and lost in the second round of the Atlantic-10 Tournament to Richmond. They were 72-74 during Rizzotti’s tenure.

In 2017, Rizzotti guided George Washington to 20 wins and an appearance in the WNIT. The next season, the Colonials went 19-14 and made the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to Ohio State in the first round.

Rizzotti, a New Fairfield High graduate, previously spent 17 seasons at the University of Hartford, winning 316 games and making six trips to the NCAA Tournament. She was a three-time America East Coach of the Year.

In 2011, Rizzotti was named USA Basketball Coach of the Year.

As a player, Rizzotti led UConn to its first national championship in 1995, and the next season won multiple national player of the year awards (Associated Press, Wade Trophy). She ranks second all-time in steals (112) and third in assists (222) in school history.

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