Connecticut Huskies head coach Jim Calhoun talks with guard Ryan Boatright (11)
Jim Calhoun (right) is 873-380 in 40 seasons as a head coach.
What a career
Three national championships. Four Final Four appearances. A whopping 873 victories. Jim Calhoun compiled a legendary resume during his 40-year coaching career, which began with Northeastern in 1972 and culminated with Connecticut. Calhoun, who coached the final 26 years of his career with the Huskies, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005. He announced his retirement Thursday.
Calhoun had a knack for locking up star players. During his time with Connecticut, Calhoun coached Ray Allen, Richard Hamilton, Emeka Okafor and Kemba Walker (pictured), just to name a few. All that talent helped him win three national championships, tied for fourth in NCAA history.
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But for all his standout accomplishments, Calhoun also came under fire on more than one occasion. Calhoun was suspended by the NCAA for the first three Big East games last season for failure to create an atmosphere of compliance. The school also received three years' probation for the violation. And the Huskies are currently ineligible for postseason play in the 2012-13 season due to poor academic performance.
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Calhoun has made the most of UConn's trips to the Final Four. In his four appearances as the Huskies head coach, the school has come away with three national championships, the last of which occurred in 2011. His other two titles were in 1999 and 2004.
Calhoun not only captured three national titles, but he also won the Big East title seven times and the NIT championship in 1988. Calhoun became the oldest coach (68) to win a national championship when his Huskies captured the crown in 2011. He is 10th on the all-time list for coaching victories in men's basketball.