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:
No fan fare but it’s official. Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun couldn’t stay away. Signing a contract today and becoming the head coach of Div. III men’s basketball team at St. Joseph’s @USJCT @FOX61 pic.twitter.com/9rPMFigoNu
— Kainani Stevens (@KainaniStevens) September 18, 2018
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.