By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)
It was recently announced by multiple sources, including the Hartford Courant that Hall-of-Fame basketball coach Jim Calhoun will serve as a consultant to the University of St. Joseph’s (Conn.) men’s basketball program.
The University of St. Joseph’s will play its first men’s basketball game in school history next year during the 2018-19 school year.
Calhoun, who retired from coaching in 2012 after winning 873 games during a 40-year coaching career, guided the University of Connecticut men’s basketball team to trio of national championships, including a 2011 title against Butler. The former UConn bench boss is still under contract until March of 2018.
When introduced to the media on Thursday, Calhoun told reporters he’s a “part-time employee for now.” However, Calhoun doesn’t consider his new position with the Blue Jays as part-time because his main focus going forward is finding student-athletes to compete for the program next season.
The University of St. Joseph’s announced earlier this summer that they would be admitting men, beginning in the fall of 2018. According to the school’s release, which was seen on the athletic department’s website earlier this summer, this was a unanimous decision made by the Board of Trustees.