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May 5, 2022

USJ to launch Calhoun Legacy fund in honor of famed basketball coach Jim Calhoun

Photo | USJ University of St. Joseph men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun (left), and president Rhona C. Free (right).

The West Hartford-based University of St. Joseph said it will start a new fund in honor of long-time Connecticut men’s college basketball coach Jim Calhoun, who helped launch the school’s men’s basketball program in 2017.

The goal of The Calhoun Legacy Fund, which will be unveiled Thursday evening during a reception at the O’Connell Athletic Center, will be to expand USJ’s efforts to bring in talented students from a broad range of socio-economic backgrounds and to provide them with the tools needed to succeed at the university, which became co-ed in 2018.

Calhoun -- a 40-year veteran of coaching men’s basketball, including 26 years at UConn, where he won NCAA titles in 1999, 2004 and 2011 -- was recruited to St. Joseph about five years ago to build the men’s basketball team from scratch. 

He was head coach for a little more than three seasons. He stepped down from that role in November. Assistant head coach Glen Miller replaced Calhoun in the Division III conference.

Calhoun, who will turn 80 on Tuesday, was 47-17 during his coaching stint at USJ, leading the team to the 2020 Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship and a trip to the NCAA tournament in the team’s second season.

Attending tonight’s gala will be Calhoun, USJ President Rhona Free and USJ Board Chairperson Brewster Perkins.

The university said it was Calhoun’s vision that inspired the renovation and expansion of the O’Connell Athletic Center and the creation of a new gymnasium at the site.

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