WEST HARTFORD — It’s official. Jim Calhoun is coming back to the sidelines.
Calhoun, the Hall of Fame coach who led UConn to three national championships, was appointed head coach of the University of Saint Joseph men’s basketball team on Tuesday.
The 76-year-old Calhoun was already aboard at the small Division III Catholic school, serving as a de facto director of basketball operations as Saint Joseph went co-ed and launched its men’s sports programs this fall.
In signing a coaching contract on Tuesday, Calhoun is now aboard full-time.
“Whether it's Division I or Division III, the kids are the kids and the game is the game and I'm looking forward to getting back out on the court and teaching these young men each and every day,” Calhoun said in a statement. “I really missed being a part of a team, and we're preparing for a great first season at USJ.”
Calhoun returns to the sideline with 873 career victories, including the 625 that came during his 26 seasons at UConn from 1987 through 2012.
Calhoun’s right-hand man at UConn, Glen Miller, will rejoin him as assistant coach.
St. Joe’s first season launches Nov. 9 against William Paterson in a game that will be played in Hartford at Trinity College.