Chris Dailey and The Power Of Team
Spearheaded by David Federman, The Arthritis Foundation, New England Region, hosted its first “Women On the Move” breakfast Wednesday morning at the Marriott Hotel in Hartford. UConn associate head coach Chris Dailey was the guest speaker.
Dailey addressed about 150 guests, sharing stories about her 30 years working with Geno Auriemma at UConn. The Huskies, two-time defending national champions, begin the 2014-15 season Nov. 14 at UC Davis coming off a 46-game winning streak. Dailey encouraged the audience to be upfront and direct with co-workers and to prioritize team success over the individual.
During the event, Coach Dailey was asked how she handles any jealousy one player may have of another’s success. She answered that the team plays for the name on the front of their jerseys. There are no names on the back, of course.
“If you’re any good, they’ll know who you are, and if you’re not, you don’t want your name on your shirt,” Dailey said.
Dailey then turned things around by posing a question to the audience.
“What’s harder? Showing up to practice every day knowing you’ll only play if we’re up 30 points, or being the person who has the pressure of answering to the media when you lose?” Dailey asked.
Good question, but not one UConn has been forced to address since the final Big East championship game in March 2013.
(Left to right – Bradley Hoffman, Jill Konopka, Elizabeth McFarlane, Chris Dailey, Dave Federman, Steve Evangelista, Alison Bibbins Ward, Rose Swiatkiewicz and Scott Goodwin.)
Among his many other activities, Dave Federman is currently Chairman of the Board for the New England Region of the Arthritis Foundation. Dave has been Chairman of the Board of the Arthritis Foundation of Northern and Southern New England and served on the National Board of Trustees for the Arthritis Foundation.