Legendary basketball coach Jim Calhoun surprisingly steps down from St. Joseph Blue Jays job

Nov 18, 2021

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – This afternoon, University of Saint Joseph (USJ) head men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun announced that he will officially be stepping down as the head coach of the program. Associate head coach Glen Miller will be elevated to acting head coach effective immediately.

“It’s just the right time,” stated Calhoun. “I’m healthy, my wife (Pat) is healthy, and the USJ men’s basketball program is healthy. We built this program starting from scratch about five years ago, and now the team is in a good place. We’ve got a great new facility and accomplished a lot on the court the past few seasons. I plan to be involved with the University, but there are a lot of things that I would like to do, and it’s time to spend more time with my wife and family.”

In three-plus seasons at the helm of the Blue Jays, Calhoun concludes his tenure at USJ with a record of 47-17 (.734), leading the Blue Jays to the 2020 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament in just the team’s second-ever season. In 44 seasons as a head coach, Calhoun boasts a career record of 920-397 (.699) and ranks third all-time in career wins amongst head coaches with a minimum of 10 years at the NCAA Division I level.

“Coach Calhoun has stayed longer and done more for USJ than I could ever have hoped when we first talked to him about launching our men’s basketball team and with it, the transition to coeducation almost five years ago,” stated Dr. Rhona Free, President of the University of Saint Joseph. “No student-athlete could have a better coach and advocate—he monitors and cares about their performance and success in every aspect of their lives. While nobody can replace Coach Calhoun, we’re fortunate that Glen Miller has been here throughout and can continue to build the program and lead this team to another successful season.”

“Coach Calhoun’s immense legacy has impacted our campus community in so many ways,” stated USJ Director of Athletics Amanda Devitt. “More importantly, his big personality, his wonderful wit, and his deep love for our student-athletes have changed countless lives. We are forever grateful for his influential work at USJ.”

A press conference regarding the announcement is scheduled to be held via Zoom on Friday, November 19, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Coach Calhoun, along with Dr. Free and Amanda Devitt, will be available on the call. For media members who would like to attend the press conference, please RSVP to Assistant Athletic Director Josh Ingham at jingham@usj.edu to receive the link to join.

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