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UConn Legend Jim Calhoun Named Head Coach of Men’s Basketball at University of Saint Joseph

UConn legend Jim Calhoun has been named the head coach of men's basketball at the University of Saint Joseph on Tuesday.

Calhoun signed his full-time contract on Tuesday afternoon. The school said he is the first-ever head coach of USJ men's basketball.

Back in September of 2017, Calhoun announced he was coming out of retirement to become a consultant to the basketball program at USJ.

Calhoun is a three-time NCAA National Champion and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Coach. He has 873 career victories, including 625 while at the University of Connecticut for 26 seasons, from 1987 through 2012.

"Whether it's Division I or Division III, the kids are the kids and the game is the game and I'm looking forward to getting back out on the court and teaching these young men each and every day. I really missed being a part of a team, and we're preparing for a great first season at USJ," Calhoun said.

"From the first day we started working with Coach, it's been momentous for all of us - especially our current student-athletes. In terms of recruiting all students, not just student-athletes, he has had what we call the "Calhoun Effect," and we all enjoyed his talk where he emphasized that for all students, academics are the top priority," said University of Saint Joseph President Rhona Free Ph.D.

Assistant Coach Glen Miller will be working with Calhoun to get the inaugural men's basketball team ready for their first season, the school said in a release.

The team's opening game will be on November 9 at 7:30 p.m. against William Paterson University at Oosting Gymnasium on the Trinity College campus.

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