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Former Temple coach Tonya Cardoza returning to UConn, among two assistant hires

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 18 Women's - Temple at UConn

HARTFORD, CT - FEBRUARY 18: Temple Owls Head Coach Tonya Cardoza during the game as the UConn Huskies host the Temple Owls on February 18, 2018 at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Williams Paul/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Former Temple head coach Tonya Cardoza is returning to a former job as an assistant to Geno Auriemma at UConn.

The school announced Thursday that Cardoza and current UConn video coordinator Ben Kantor will be added as coaches under NCAA legislation that went into effect July 1. It allows the addition of two new assistants to college basketball programs.

One of the jobs appeared to be tailored for Cardoza. In the job posting for the position, Connecticut indicated candidate qualifications must include 10 or more years of head coaching experience in a Division I program and coaching in NCAA Division I national championship games. Preferred qualifications included coaching on a national championship team.

Cardoza was an assistant at UConn from 1994-2008, helping lead the Huskies to five of its 11 national titles.

She was the head coach at Temple for 14 seasons before being fired in 2022. Cardoza compiled a record of 230–163 with the Owls, including seven 20-win seasons and four NCAA Tournament appearances.

“UConn is where I gained my foundation as a coach,” she said in a statement. “I’m thrilled for this opportunity to come back home to where it all started. I look toward to working alongside people who I consider my family.”

Auriemma said Cardoza will be working with UConn’s perimeter players.

Kantor has been on UConn’s staff since 2015 as a video coordinator. He filled in as an assistant coach under the NCAA’s COVID-19 waiver when members of the coaching staff tested positive for the virus during the pandemic. UConn said Kantor’s job wasn’t posted because it was a promotion to an existing employee.

“I’ve learned so much from the coaching staff in my time in Storrs, and it’s an honor to now be a member of it,” he said in a statement.