WEST HARTFORD - Jim Calhoun has officially been named the first-ever head coach at the Division III University of Saint Joseph. The announcement and signing of his full-time contract took place Tuesday afternoon in the O’Connell Center lobby at the university.
The Hall of Famer had already announced he would be taking the job and has been working for a year to establish a men’s basketball program at the small Catholic university, which was an all-women’s school until this school year.
Calhoun also has continued to serve in an advisory role at UConn, where he served as coach for 26 seasons and led the Huskies to three of their four national titles before retiring in 2012.
“Whether it’s Division I or Division III, the kids are the kids and the game is the game and I’m looking forward to getting back out on the court and teaching these young men each and every day,” Calhoun said. “I really missed being a part of a team, and we’re preparing for a great first season at USJ.”
The 76-year-old will return to the sidelines with a career record of 873-380 - including 625 with the Huskies - when the Blue Jays open the season on Nov. 9 against William Paterson University.
That game will be played at Trinity College in Hartford, which has a gym that seats about 2,200 people, about 1,000 more than the gymnasium at Saint Joseph.
University president Rhona Free said, “From the first day we started working with Coach, it’s been momentous for all of us, especially our current student-athletes. In terms of recruiting all students, not just student-athletes, he has had what we call the “Calhoun effect,” and we all enjoyed his talk where he emphasized that for all students, academics are the top priority.”
Calhoun will be joined by assistant coach Glen Miller.
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