April 9, 2009

Calhoun to return for 24th season at UConn

Jim Calhoun said Thursday he will return to coach the University of Connecticut men's basketball team next season and into the future.

The 66-year-old Calhoun will be in his 24th season as UConn's coach in 2009-10 and his 37th season overall as a college coach.

Calhoun's team this season made it to the Final Four, where the Huskies lost to Michigan State 82-73 in the semifinal game.

Recently, Calhoun, whose program faces possible NCAA recruiting violations, indicated he wasn't sure whether he'd return to UConn, but in a news release from the university Thursday he said:

It is my full intention to return for the 2009-10 season. I look forward to coaching next season and to continuing as the head coach at Connecticut into the future. In many ways, the journey of this past season has made me realize how much I love coaching this game, how much I love my kids and how much I enjoy being at Connecticut.

Calhoun will enter his 37th year as a collegiate head coach with 805 career wins, sixth-most all-time among Division 1 coaches. He has coached in 1,147 games, more than any other active major college coach.