Three-time NCAA Champion head coach Jim Calhoun retired Thursday after 40 years in coaching and compiling 873 wins—sixth-best all-time. Calhoun coached the last 26 years at Connecticut where he transformed the Huskies from a regional program to a national power.
“I always said that I would know when it was time, whenever that might be,” said Calhoun, according to a release on the university’s website.
Calhoun got into the college head coaching ranks in 1972 at Northeastern where he went 248-137 in 14 seasons before moving to Connecticut in 1986. Though he went just 9-19 in his first season, he led the Huskies to a school-best 31-6 record three years later. By the mid-90′s UConn was officially a power in college basketball and collected national titles in 1999, 2004, and 2011.
Former UConn and NBA player Kevin Ollie takes over for Calhoun.
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