R-J AWARDS BRUNCH: Welcome aboard, Jim! Calhoun signs on as guest speaker for 2018 event

R-J AWARDS BRUNCH: Welcome aboard, Jim! Calhoun signs on as guest speaker for 2018 event


MERIDEN — Jim Calhoun, the Hall of Fame coach who led the UConn men’s basketball program to national prominence, has signed on to be guest speaker at the Record-Journal’s third annual “Best of the Bunch Brunch” in June of 2018.

Calhoun gives the Record-Journal back-to-back Naismith Memorial Hall of Famers for its high school awards event. Rebecca Lobo, inducted Friday night as part of the Class of 2017, was this year’s guest speaker.

“We are thrilled that Coach Calhoun will be our keynote speaker for our third annual Record-Journal ‘Best of the Bunch Brunch!’” said Liz White Notarangelo, Record-Journal Executive Vice President & Assistant Publisher. “After doubling the attendance this June compared to our inaugural brunch, we anticipate that Coach Calhoun attending will make our 2018 brunch even bigger and more spectacular.”

Calhoun, who entered the national Hall of Fame in 2005, led UConn to three national championships and went 873-380 in his career 1,253 games.

Calhoun’s career spanned 40 seasons, and it may not be over yet. The 75-year-old is considering coming out of retirement to coach the new men’s program that will be established at the University of St. Joseph when it goes co-ed in the fall of 2018.

While at UConn, Calhoun took the Huskies up the Big East Conference and national Division I ladder. His teams won 10 Big East regular-season titles and seven Big East tournament crowns. In the NCAA Division I tournament, UConn won national championships in 1999, 2004 and 2011. A total of 27 of his players went on to the NBA.

Calhoun is also known for his philanthropy. He and his wife Pat, who have been married since 1966, were instrumental in establishing the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at UConn.


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