By Carl Adamec
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — Ever since Mike Thibault was let go as coach of the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun a month ago, there’s been speculation that former UConn All-America point guard and current University of Hartford coach Jennifer Rizzotti is a candidate to replace him.
Rizzotti put that speculation to rest Sunday after her Hawks defeated Quinnipiac 67-61 at Chase Family Arena.
“I have expressed to them before this that I’m not interested in coaching in the WNBA,” Rizzotti said. “I didn’t turn any job down. It was never offered to me. I’m friends with (Sun general manager) Chris Sienko so the conversation has come up in the past whether or not I would coach in the WNBA for no other reason than just curiosity. I had made it clear to him that it’s not in my immediate future. So I never went and interviewed for the job. It was not an option for me and he knew that. I didn’t turn anything down. I promise.”
Rizzotti was a two-time All-American and the 1996 Wade Trophy winner and Associated Press national Player of the Year at UConn. She won a WNBA championship with the Houston Comets.
The New Fairfield, Conn., native is in her 14th season with Hartford. She owns a record of 263-152 and has led the Hawks to six NCAA tournament appearances. Hartford had never been to the postseason before her arrival.
Hartford (8-2) will play host to her alma mater on Saturday at 1 p.m. It will be UConn’s first visit to Chase Family Arena in 22 years.