Jim Calhoun to Possibly Come out of Retirement

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Basketball Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun is reportedly looking to come out of retirement and join the coaching ranks for the 2018-19 season. But this time it’s not at a D1 school, it’s reportedly at start up program at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford.

The Hartford Courant has reported that Calhoun has been offered the job for the soon to be announced head coaching position at the start up DIII school.

“I’ve got a couple of other things in the works, one involving basketball, which I’m intrigued by,” Calhoun said. “It’s coaching.”

“Every time I talk to somebody, the kids, I realize how much I miss the kids,” Calhoun said. “I say, ‘I know there were times you never thought you’d miss me. There are times I never thought I’d miss you.’ We all miss each other. That’s what I miss, people getting together, getting on a bus, driving someplace. I’m not sure what I want to do yet. I do want to do some basketball stuff if I can. If I can’t, fine. I do want to do some games [for TV].”

St. Joseph currently offers ladies basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis and volleyball and are looking to launch men’s basketball for the 2018-19 season.

Calhoun, 75, retired from UConn after the 2012 season. Calhoun finished with a 873-380 record, winning three national titles (1999, 2004, 2011). He became a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005.

“We will let coach’s comments stand on their own,” said Rhona Free, president of St. Joseph, in a statement released by a school spokesperson. “While we certainly can’t think of a better person to inaugurate the University of St. Joseph’s first-ever men’s basketball team, right now we have nothing to announce.”


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