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    Monday, April 15, 2024

    Calhoun officially named head coach at DIII St. Joseph

    In this Sept. 28, 2017 file photo, Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Calhoun speaks after he was introduced at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

    West Hartford — Jim Calhoun has officially been named the head coach at Division III University of Saint Joseph in Connecticut.

    The Hall of Famer had already announced he would be taking the job and has been working for a year to establish a men's basketball program at the small Catholic university, which was an all-women's school until this school year.

    Calhoun also has continued to serve in an advisory role at UConn, where he served as coach for 26 seasons and led the Huskies to three of their four national titles before retiring in 2012.

    The 76-year-old will return to the sidelines with a career record of 873-380 when the Blue Jays open the season on Nov. 9 against William Paterson University. That game will be played at Trinity College in Hartford, which has a gym that seats about 2,200 people, about 1,000 more than the gymnasium at Saint Joseph.

    Glen Miller will be Calhoun's assistant. Miller, the former Fitch star, was Calhoun's assistant at UConn and is the former head coach at Connecticut College, Brown and Penn.

    Saint Joseph President Rhona Free, in a press release, 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."

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