Second District Congressman Joe Courtney expressed Eastern Connecticut’s appreciation for University of Connecticut head basketball coach Jim Calhoun after he announced his retirement on September 13.
“Coach Calhoun’s footprint in Connecticut will last for ages,” Courtney said. “His three national championships transformed our State’s self image into one of a winner, and his decades of acts of charity and kindness to those in need have touched countless lives. Most recently, he also led the charge for reform of the basketball program’s academic system, which has already produced dramatic improvement in the past two years.
“Coach Calhoun and his wife Pat have done all this while at the same time maintaining a strong and tight-knit family that is an example for us all. Bravo Coach! Your work and your record have made us proud of our state and proud to be Huskies.”
Calhoun, redoubtable head coach of the potent Huskies men’s basketball team since 1986, announced his retirement September 13. Before UConn, Calhoun had coached for 14 seasons at Northeastern University. During his UConn tenure, the University was heralded as the top basketball team in the east, winning three national championships.
Coach Calhoun has an overall record of 873-380 and led the Huskies to four Final Four playoffs, on the way racking up 17 Big East Championships, 10 regular season championships and seven conference tournament championships.
Stepping in for Calhoun is assistant coach Kevin Ollie, who was a player at Storrs for Calhoun from 1991-1995. Calhoun will remain with the university as a program advisor.