Jim Calhoun

Jim Calhoun (born May 10, 1942)

Teams coached: Northeastern Huskies, Connecticut Huskies, Saint Joseph (CT) Blue Jays
Northeastern record: 248-137 (.644)
Connecticut record: 625-243 (.720) **
Saint Joseph (CT) record^: 47-17 (.734)
Overall record^: 920-397 (.699) **

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  3  (1999, 2004, 2011)
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  22  (1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012) **
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  12  (1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011) **
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four: (1999, 2004, 2009, 2011)
  • NIT Championships:  1  (1988)
  • NIT Appearances:  6  (1988, 1989, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2010)
  • Big East Regular Season Champion10  (1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006)
  • America East Regular Season Champion:  6  (1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986)
  • Big East Tournament Champion(1990, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2011)
  • America East Tournament Champion:  5  (1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986)
  • GNAC (Div III) Tournament Champion: (2020)
  • NCAA Division III Tournament Appearances:  1  (2020)

Awards:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2018-2021 Saint Joseph
1986-2012 Connecticut
1972-1986 Northeastern

Jim Calhoun Facts

  • James A. Calhoun
  • Born May 10, 1942
  • Hometown: Braintree, Massachusetts
  • Alma Mater: American International College (BS, 1968)
  • Received a basketball scholarship to Lowell State (now UMass Lowell) but left after three months to work and support his family
    • Played basketball at American International from 1965-1968, serving as team captain in ’67-68
  • Immediately began his coaching career after graduation, coaching (and teaching) at Lyme-Old Lyme HS in Connecticut
  • Next coaching jobs were at Westport HS and Dedham HS, both in his home state of Massachusetts
  • Became the head coach at Northeastern in 1972, holding that position for 14 seasons (1972-86)
    • During his tenure at Northeastern, the program transitioned from Division II to Division I (in 1979) as a member of what would later be known as the America East Conference
  • Following a run of five America East titles and NCAA Tournament bids in six seasons, Calhoun left Northeastern to become the head coach at Connecticut in the Big East Conference
  • In 26 years at UConn, Calhoun’s Huskies teams won ten Big East titles, one NIT Championship and an impressive three NCAA National Championships (1999, 2011, 2014)
    • Retired in 2012 with 879 career victories as a head coach, 625 of which came while at UConn
    • Calhoun is one of just five college head coaches with 3 National Championships, alongside Adolph Rupp (Kentucky), John Wooden (UCLA), Bob Knight (Indiana), and Mike Krzyzewski (Duke)
  • Has been very active with the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, serving for many years as the organization’s Honorary Chairman
  • Came out of retirement in 2018, taking over as head coach of the newly launched men’s basketball program at Division III Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT
  • Along with his wife, Pat, has two sons and six grandchildren

Jim Calhoun Coaching Tree

 

^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and Division III levels

** Listed accomplishments for this coach do not include wins or appearances later vacated by the NCAA

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