Auriemma, 59, is the first repeat coach for the U.S. women's team, which has won gold at the past five Olympics.
Team USA cruised through the 2012 London Games, winning by an average of 34 points, including an 86-50 rout of France for the gold medal.
The U.S. women play at the world championships in the fall of 2014 in Turkey, where a victory would qualify the team for Rio.
Eight of the 16 teams that will compete in the world championships have already qualified. The teams that have qualified are Turkey (host), U.S. (2012 Olympic champions), Australia, Belarus, Czech Republic, France, Spain and Serbia.
If the U.S. does not win in Turkey, they will have to play in the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship to qualify for the Olympics.
Most of Team USA’s Olympic Gold Medal Team could return to play in Rio. Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings have already said they will participate in the Olympics if healthy. Candace Parker, Maya Moore , Tina Charles, Sylvia Fowles and Angel McCoughtry are entering their prime. The big questions will be if Swin Cash, Asjha Jones, Lindsay Whalen and Seimone Augustus return to the team.
Auriemma will also have a wealth of young talent to choose from including Stewart, Brittney Griner and Elena Delle Donne.
It is a bit of a surprise that Auriemma is back coaching Team USA because he had denied interest in coaching in Rio and repeatedly said he would not return if asked. Auriemma also had felt his Olympic duties took too much time from his coaching at UConn. The Huskies return most of their team, including Breanna Stewart, from last year’s national championship team.
The women’s national team had traditionally picked a coach for four years and rotated them despite the tremendous success that previous coaches have had. These coaches include Naismith Memorial Hall of Famers Pat Summitt, Tara VanDerveer, Kay Yow and Van Chancellor.