Calhoun led the UConn men's basketball program from obscurity to three national championships. He won 873 games in 40 years as a head coach, first at Northeastern and the last 26 years at UConn, and put four teams in the Final Four, winning national titles in 1999, 2004 and 2011. Calhoun was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005.
Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun instructs his team in the first half of their NCAA tournament second-round college basketball game against Iowa State in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, March 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun talks with forward Roscoe Smith (22) in the first half of their NCAA tournament second-round college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, March 15, 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) U.S. President Barack Obama is presented with a jersey from Kemba Walker (L) and coach Jim Calhoun (R) at a ceremony honoring the 2011 NCAA men's basketball champions University of Connecticut at the White House in Washington, May 16, 2011. REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL POLITICS) Connecticut Huskies head coach Jim Calhoun holds the NCAA trophy after the Huskies defeated the Butler Bulldogs in their men's final NCAA Final Four College Championship basketball game in Houston, Texas, April 4, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL) Connecticut Huskies head coach Jim Calhoun greets fans after his team defeated the Arizona Wildcats during their NCAA West Regional college basketball game in Anaheim, California March 26, 2011. REUTERS/Alex Gallardo (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL) Connecticut Huskies' head coach Jim Calhoun watches his team play the Kentucky Wildcats during their semi-final NCAA Final Four college basketball game in Houston, Texas April 2, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL) Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun cuts down the net after the Huskies won the 2011 NCAA tournament University of Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun holds the NCAA national championship trophy high after his team defeated Duke University 77-74, March 29. The Huskies won their first-ever NCAA national championship at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. At right is Huskies' center Jake Voskuhl (43). JLS/HB/JDP University of Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun waves to the crowd at the conclusion of their NCAA men's West Regional basketball game against the Missouri Tigers in Glendale, Arizona, March 28, 2009. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES SPORT BASKETBALL) University of Connecticut basketball head coach Jim Calhoun (L) holds up a cake from his players after he achieved his 700th career win with an 83-64 win over Georgetown in Storrs, Connecticut March 2, 2005. With Calhoun are Sami Ameziane (C) and Chalie Villanueva. REUTERS/Brian Snyder BS