Calhoun racks up 625 wins at UConn - WFSB 3 Connecticut

End of an Era

Calhoun racks up 625 wins at UConn

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STORRS, CT (WFSB/AP) -

University of Connecticut men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun will retire from his 26-year-position with more than 600 wins under his belt.

Calhoun, 70, was expected to announce his retirement at a press conference set for Thursday afternoon.

Calhoun has a total of 873 collegiate wins, with 625 of them while he was head of the men's basketball team.

In addition, Calhoun can brag about his three national titles.

Calhoun was hired by UConn in May 1986, and won an NIT title in his second season. His teams won 10 Big East regular-season championships and seven Big East Tournament titles.

In 1999, he coached the Huskies to a 34-2 record and their first NCAA championship in a 77-74 upset over Duke.

In 2004, the Huskies started and ended the season at No. 1, beating Georgia Tech in the NCAA championship game 82-73.

In 2011, UConn finished the regular season in ninth place in the Big East before reeling off a remarkable 11-game run in the postseason, including a 53-41 victory over Butler in the national championship game.

Calhoun's only loss in the Final Four came in 2009 to Michigan State in the national semifinals. The coach missed the Huskies' first NCAA tournament game that season after being hospitalized for dehydration.

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