CALHOUN RETIRES AS UCONN BASKETBALL COACH
Hall of Famer won 3 National Championships
STORRS, Conn. (Sept. 13, 2012) --- Jim Calhoun
, who took over a regional program at the University of Connecticut
26 years ago and built it into a three-time NCAA champion and a perennial national power, has announced his
retirement as the UConn men's basketball coach.
"I always said that I would know when it was time, whenever that might be," said Calhoun
, who made the official announcement Thursday afternoon at a news conference at Gampel Pavilion on UConn's
"The hip injury really didn't enter into the decision, except that it gave me more time to think about it and the more I thought about it, the more I became convinced that this was the right time to move on to the next phase of my life."
Under a transition agreement that runs through next spring, Calhoun, 70, will continue his association with the university as a Special Assistant to Athletic Director Warde
Manuel, providing services to the university in support of men's basketball, the Division of Athletics, the UConn Health Center
, and the university at large.
"The agreement runs until March 21, 2013," Calhoun
"Then we'll look at everything and go from there."
Upon his full retirement from the university, Calhoun will become Head Coach Emeritus.
"Jim has given 26 years of 100 percent effort into making UConn, and UConn basketball, and so many student-athletes into the best they could be," Manuel said.
"I am proud to have worked with him, if only for a brief period of time, and I look forward to his
association with us for years to come."
Manuel said that although his
own tenure at UConn
hasn't been very long, he
has quickly learned how much Calhoun
means to the university community.
is a pillar of the Division of Athletics and this university," Manuel said.
In May 1986, following four consecutive losing seasons, UConn hired Calhoun, who had won 248 games and made five NCAA Tournament appearances in 14 years at mid-major Northeastern.
After a nine-win campaign in his
first year with the Huskies
has put together 25-straight winning seasons and made UConn one of the nation's elite college basketball programs.
phenomenal success story at UConn
includes three NCAA championships (1999, 2004, 2011), one of just five coaches in history with three or more titles.
, the Huskies
have also made four appearances in the Final Four (2009), nine trips to the Elite Eight and captured 13 berths in the Sweet 16 among 18 trips to the NCAA Tournament.
has also taken UConn
to the NIT six times, winning the NIT championship in 1988, in just his
second season at the helm.
In the BIG EAST Conference, Calhoun
took the UConn
program from mediocrity to dominance.
have won a record seven BIG EAST Tournament championships and 10 regular-season league titles.
is the only league team to ever sweep the BIG EAST regular-season and tournament crowns in back-to-back seasons (1997-98, 1998-99).
"Am I going to miss coaching basketball?
Of course," Calhoun
is 311-183 in BIG EAST competition, second in all-time wins, and his
35-19 record in the BIG EAST tourney also ranks second all-time.
Nationally, the Huskies' coach has eight 30-win seasons, third all-time, and he ranks sixth all-time with 25 20-win seasons.
is fourth all-time with 49 NCAA Tournament wins (49-18).
overall national postseason record is 62-20 with four championships (3 NCAA, 1 NIT).
Calhoun's greatest legacy, however, might well be the UConn players and coaches he
has had 27 players drafted by the NBA, including 18 first-round picks, and 13 of those have been lottery picks.
has had seven players named BIG EAST Player of the Year, six players named Most Outstanding Player of the BIG EAST Championship, seven players named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, five named BIG EAST Rookie of the Year.
has coached 20 BIG EAST
first team all-stars, 20 second-team all-stars, 20 third team all-stars and three honorable mentions.
"Coaching at UConn
has just been phenomenal, there's no other way to describe it," Calhoun
"I will always be grateful to the University of Connecticut
When I look back and see what we were able to accomplish here, I am extremely proud."
Born May 10, 1942, in Braintree, Mass., Calhoun is a graduate of Braintree High School and American International College in Springfield (1968).
He began his coaching career at Old Lyme (Conn.) High School and continued at Westport (Mass.) High and Dedham (Mass.) High before becoming the head coach at Northeastern University in 1972.
After 14 years at Northeastern, he accepted the job at UConn in 1986.
wife Pat were married in 1966 and live in Pomfret, Conn.
They have two sons, James
wife Jennifer live in Massachusetts with daughters Emily (born 3/5/99) and Katie (born 12/29/00) and son Sam (born 6/8/03).
Jeffrey and his
wife Amy live in Connecticut with daughters Avery (born 1/26/02), Reese (born 4/7/03), and Peyton (born 3/26/05).
UCONN MEN: Jim Calhoun
to announce retirement Thursday (photos)
Register beat writer Dave Borges gives you a closer look at the UConn men's team and Coach Calhoun.