HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University and Central Connecticut State University men's basketball programs plan to honor former UConn men's basketball head coach Jim Calhoun on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at the TD Bank Sports Center. Prior to their 7:30 p.m. tip-off, Calhoun will be acknowledged for his tremendous success and leadership in bringing the entire state of Connecticut the highest level of recognition and success in Division I men's basketball.
"The entire Quinnipiac community looks forward to thanking Coach Calhoun for his decades of success at the University of Connecticut, his incredible donations to charity and also for elevating the national awareness of all of our collegiate programs in Connecticut," said Quinnipiac Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald. "I am looking forward to honoring my fellow Braintree, Mass. friend for his Hall of Fame career."
Calhoun established himself as perhaps the greatest program builder in college basketball history. Having completed his 26th season as head coach at UConn and his 40th year as a collegiate head coach in 2011-12, Calhoun achieved acclaim as one of college basketball's legendary leaders, guiding the Huskies to the 2011 NCAA National Championship and becoming only the fifth coach in NCAA history to win three national titles.
In addition to Calhoun's three NCAA National Championships (1999, 2004, 2011) at Connecticut, his phenomenal coaching success story includes four appearances in the Final Four and earning basketball's highest honor as an active coach with an election to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2005. In 2006, along with the other greats of the game, he was also inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of its founding class.
Along the way, Calhoun has formed a close bond with past and present assistant coaches, including Quinnipiac's Tom Moore and CCSU's Howie Dickenman. Coach Moore spent 13 seasons under Calhoun from 1994-2006, which featured an NCAA Championship in 2004, while Dickenman enjoyed 10 seasons under Calhoun's direction from 1982-1992.
"I am thrilled that Coach Calhoun will be joining us on January 24th for our game versus Central Connecticut," said Moore. "We look forward to honoring his Hall of Fame coaching career and at the same time, raising funds for his Jim and Pat Calhoun Cardiology Fund. I can't thank Coach Calhoun enough for the opportunity he provided me at UConn and the impact he has had in shaping my coaching career."
Quinnipiac and Central Connecticut will honor Coach Calhoun in a pre-game ceremony where he will be presented with a donation to benefit the Jim and Pat Calhoun Cardiology Center. At the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center, a multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, hypertension specialists and vascular surgeons offers top quality care to diagnose and treat diseases of the heart and blood vessels – the most prevalent diseases among American men and women.
Fans interested in purchasing tickets for the 2012-13 campaign can call the QU Ticket Office at 203-582-3905, visit the official website of Quinnipiac athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com or make a trip to the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office.
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