STORRS, Conn. (WGGB) — Famed UConn Men’s Basketball coach Jim Calhoun is retiring.
Calhoun, 70, took over the Men’s team 26 years ago and led it to three NCAA championships. His final record as head coach, including his time at Northeastern, is 873-380. He won 670 games as UConn head coach.
“I always said that I would know when it was time, whenever that might be The hip injury really didn’t enter into the decision, except that it gave me more time to think about it and the more I thought about it, the more I became convinced that this was the right time to move on to the next phase of my life,” Calhoun said in a statement.
Under an arrangement with the University, Calhoun will continue as a Special Assistant to the Athletic Director, providing services to the school in support of men’s basketball, the Athletic Department, UConn Health Center, and the University as a whole.
Upon his full retirement from UConn, Calhoun will become Head Coach Emeritus.
Current Assistant Coach and former UConn and NBA player Kevin Ollie has been named Calhoun’s successor.
39-year-old Ollie played under Calhoun from 1991-1995. After UConn, Ollie went on to play with twelve NBA teams in 13 years.
Ollie’s contract will run through April 4, 2013, where he will earn a salary of $625,000.