Jim Calhoun, one of just five men to win at least three national titles, announced his retirement today after 26 years at UConn, saying it was simply the right time to move to the next phase of his life.
During a nationally televised news conference at Gampel Pavilion, Calhoun, who concluded a 40-year college head coaching career, reflected on an improbable era at UConn in which he built the program into an unlikely national power.
"We were going to have something to say about the future of basketball in the Big East," Calhoun said. "The first step is to believe you can be special. â?¦ I have been blessed with so many people who believed in that dream. This could only have been accomplished with a collective effort. That's the story of UConn."