Jim Calhoun returns to college basketball at Division III St. Joseph

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Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun is returning to college basketball.

After helping UConn to three national championships during a 26-year run as the team’s former head coach, the 75-year-old Calhoun will be helping Division III St. Joseph as they prepare for the 2018-19 season.

Calhoun told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman that he will spend the next year recruiting in a consultant role. Former UConn assistant Glen Miller will assist Calhoun with the process. Although Calhoun is helping St. Joseph, he will not coach with them.

The arrangement for Calhoun was made in-part because of his friendship with St. Joseph athletic director Bill Cardarelli. Since Calhoun lives about 30 miles from the West Hartford campus, an agreement was made.

It’s hard to say how much of an impact Calhoun will have in his new role since he isn’t directly coaching, but he is a veteran with a great mind. Calhoun is also drawing a lot of attention to a new program and that could benefit the program right away.