The first Jim Calhoun appearance on the coaching scene was at Lyme-Old Lyme High School in 1965. He also became a coach at Westport High and Dedham High School, where he completed a 20-1 season in 1971. Because of this success, he was immediately recruited as head coach by Northeastern University in Boston. Under Calhoun’s tutelage, Northeastern became a prominent team in the ECAC North Atlantic Conference. He also transitioned the team from Division II to Division I and helped the team advanced to the tournament four times. He was a six-time Coach of the Year recipient and remains the institution’s all-time winningest coach.
In 1986, Calhoun joined the University of Connecticut as the basketball team’s head coach. He was named the consensus National Coach of the Year in 1990 after leading the Huskies to their first Big East championship, the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, and a 29-6 record in only his fourth year. Calhoun led the UConn Huskies to win conference titles in 1990, 1994 to 1996, 1998 to 1999, 2002, and 2005 to 2006. The Huskies also won six Big East Tournament championships and two NCAA championships in 1999 and 2004.
Calhoun was the first coach in NCAA history to have won at least 240 games at two different Division I schools. In 2005 he was inducted into the Dr. James Naismith National Basketball Hall of Fame.
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Back in high school, Calhoun was a standout on the basketball, football, and baseball teams. After his father’s untimely death, he was left, at the age of 15, to take care of his large family. He worked as a granite cutter, headstone engraver, scrapyard worker, shampoo factory worker, and gravedigger in order to support his mother and five siblings. His hard work paid off as he was offered a basketball scholarship and was his college team’s leading scorer in his junior and senior seasons. He also captained the team in his final year. When Calhoun graduated, he was ranked as the fourth all-time scorer at AIC. With this inspiring life story, a Jim Calhoun speaker appearance will be about more than just successful coaching. It will be about perseverance, dedication, and the rewards of hard work.
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In 2003, Calhoun was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He immediately resumed his coaching duties 13 days after a successful surgery. His determination to get back to work helped in his speedy recovery. Calhoun’s return to the sidelines inspired the whole NCAA community, and a Jim Calhoun appearance will inspire and impress your audience in the same way.
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Calhoun and his wife are well-known in Connecticut for their philanthropy, especially the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at the UConn Health Center and the annual Jim Calhoun Holiday Food Drive. Calhoun also supports Autism Speaks, Coaches Versus Cancer, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Children’s Miracle Network, among other organizations. He has been the honorary chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation for over a decade. As someone who has experienced much adversity yet still managed to give something in return, it’s easy to see why a Jim Calhoun endorsement could be a powerful tool for your company.
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