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Legendary College Basketball Hall Of Fame Coach Out Of Retirement, Just Took New Job

The UConn Huskies holding up the National Championship trophy.

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 07: The Connecticut Huskies celebrate with the trophy after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 in the NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at AT&T Stadium on April 7, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Jim Calhoun last coached in 2012, a year after leading the UConn Huskies to a third national championship during his tenure.

The fiery coach will be back on the sideline this season, albeit at a much different level.

Calhoun was hired last year by University of St. Joseph, a small school in West Hartford, Conn. In that time, he has been laying the groundwork to build a Division III men's basketball program there.

Today, Jim Calhoun officially became St. Joseph's coach.

Via FOX 61's Kainani Stevens:

Why come out of retirement at 76 to coach a brand new D3 program? For Jim Calhoun, the answer is simple.

He's addicted to basketball.

From the Hartford Courant:

“[Coaching] is clearly feeding something I need,” Calhoun told The Courant recently. “I'm addicted. I'm addicted to basketball. I'm addicted to kids. There was a void in my life, a terrible void.”

The school recently changed form all-female to co-ed, and has admitted male students for this fall. Calhoun's presence clearly helped draw for the basketball program. He and former UConn assistant Glen Miller had filled out a roster by April.

He will continue to serve in his advisory role at UConn as well, though that will now be on a part-time basis. Calhoun was the Huskies' head coach from 1986-2012, going 625–243. He also coached at Northeastern, and has an all-time record of 873–380.

[Hartford Courant]