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Jim Calhoun to Retire After Storied UConn Coaching Career

Braintree native Calhoun coached the Huskies to three national titles.

NCAA coaching legend Jim Calhoun, who grew up here in Braintree, has decided to retire as head coach of the University of Connecticut after 26 years and three national titles.

ESPN reported that Calhoun will announce his retirement Thursday at a press conference, and that he will be replaced by assistant coach Kevin Ollie.

During his career at Northeastern and UConn, Calhoun won 873 games, according to ESPN, and brought four teams to the Final Four. He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005.

Out of Braintree, Calhoun attended college at American International College in Springfield, coached at a few high schools, including Dedham, and was then hired at Northeastern.

Do you have any fond memories of Calhoun from his days in Braintree? Tell us in the comments.

Bill Hedlund September 13, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Jim Calhoun graduated from Braintree High School in 1960. He has remained a friend of the family and his storied career as basketball coach at the University of Connecticut is legendary. Jim has never forgotten his roots. Wish him well in his pending retirement as he has earned everything in life through hard work, patience, and leadership. He is not just a Naismith Hall of Famer and BHS Hall of Famer, but he remains a Friend of Braintree forever. Good luck, Jim and enjoy your freedom from the pressures of NCAA basketball.
kerry September 14, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Coach Calhoun is an inspiration. We are honored to have a hometown hero who values family and community as well as a very successful career.

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