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Biography of Jim Calhoun


The following is the official biography of Jim Calhoun from the University of Connecticut.

University of Connecticut Hall of Fame Head Coach Jim Calhoun has established himself as perhaps the greatest program builder in college basketball history.

Having completed his 26th season as head coach at UConn and his 40th year as a collegiate head coach in 2011-12, Jim Calhoun has now achieved acclaim as one of college basketball's legendary leaders, leading the Huskies to the 2011 NCAA National Championship and becoming only the fifth coach in NCAA history to win three national titles.

He also reached several other milestones in the notable 2010-11 campaign-- the 300th BIG EAST win of his career, his 600th win at UConn and his seventh BIG EAST Tournament title, more than any other coach in league history.

Jim Calhoun's phenomenal coaching success story includes three NCAA National Championships (1999, 2004, 2011) at Connecticut, and four appearances in the Final Four, while earning basketball's highest honor while still an active coach, election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2005. In 2006, along with the other greats of the game, he was also inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of its founding class.

Calhoun's college coaching career includes just two stops---Northeastern University in Boston and the University of Connecticut in Storrs. In 14 seasons at Northeastern, Calhoun led NU from the Division II ranks to status as one of the nation's top Division I mid-major programs. In 26 seasons at Connecticut, Calhoun has transformed UConn from a regional contender to a three-time national champion and Connecticut now ranks among the nation's elite college basketball programs.

In May of 1986, Calhoun was named head coach of basketball at the University of Connecticut and that announcement launched what has become one of college basketball's greatest coaching accomplishments. As head coach of UConn Basketball, Calhoun has led the Huskies to the top of the NCAA basketball mountaintop---winning three NCAA National Championships while also claiming an NIT Championship and taking the Huskies from second-division placements in BIG EAST Conference standings to a record-setting 17 league titles and lofty status as the most successful program in Big East Conference basketball history.

Calhoun's overall record as a collegiate head coach is 873-380, moving into rarified air and status as a member of the 800-win college coaching fraternity with a win over Marquette on February 25, 2009. Coach Calhoun is one of only eight Division I coaches in NCAA history to have earned their way into that 800-win club. He ranks sixth all-time and third among active coaches in coaching victories and he is first among active coaches in number of games coached.

During his 26 history-making years as head coach at Connecticut, the Husky Hall of Famer has compiled an overall record of 625-243. Prior to 1986, Connecticut Basketball had posted just two 23-win seasons in history. Since arriving at UConn in the spring of 1986, Jim Calhoun has "averaged" 24 wins per year and has recorded 30 or more wins in eight seasons.

In April of 2005, Calhoun became just the seventh recipient of the prestigious John R. Wooden "Legends of Coaching Award" presented by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Previous winners of the award include fellow Hall of Fame coaches Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski and Lute Olson.

In November of 2006, Calhoun's career achievements were recognized by his peers when he was named a member of the Founding Class of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

Calhoun was the first coach in the history of the BIG EAST Conference to be named BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Year four times. He earned his first BIG EAST Coach of the Year award in 1989-90 and also won the honor following the 1993-94, 1995-96 and 1997-98 seasons.

Calhoun's success at producing top-flight collegiate stars, who also excel at the professional basketball level, is an annual happening at Connecticut. A total of 26 former UConn stars that played for Coach Calhoun have played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). They include: Clifford Robinson, Tate George, Chris Smith, Scott Burrell, Donyell Marshall, Donny Marshall, Kevin Ollie, Ray Allen, Travis Knight, Richard Hamilton, Khalid El-Amin, Jake Voskuhl, Caron Butler, Emeka Okafor, Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, Hilton Armstrong, Josh Boone, Rudy Gay, Marcus Williams, Hasheem Thabeet, A.J. Price,Jeff Adrien, Jerome Dyson, Andre Drummond, and Jeremy Lamb.

Born May 10, 1942, in Braintree, Mass., Calhoun and his wife Pat were married in 1966 and live in Pomfret, Connecticut. They have two sons, James and Jeffrey. James and his wife Jennifer live in Massachusetts with daughters, Emily (born 3/5/99) and Katie (born 12/29/00) and a 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).

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