After 26 years, countless magical moments and three NCAA championships, UConn men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun will retire on Thursday, according to reports in the Hartford Courant, ESPN.com and numerous other media outlets.
Calhoun, 70, who has had battled health problems in recent years, will announce his retirement at a press conference at 2 p.m. Thursday. He beat cancer three times, and had spinal surgery to correct back problems last year. after falling off his bike near his home in Madison.
Calhoun began his coaching career at Old Lyme High School after graduating from American International College in Springfield, MA. He coached at Northeastern University in Boston before taking over the Huskies in 1986.
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He finishes his career with 873 career wins, sixth all-time, and he won national titles in 1999, 2004 and 2011. During the Calhoun era, 27 of his players were drafted into the NBA. In 2005, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.