Calhoun Stepping Down, Ollie Named Head Coach

Jim Calhoun, head coach of UConn men's basketball for the past 26 years, speaks with a reporter from SNY after a press conference announcing that he is stepping down. At left is former Husky basketball player Donny Marshall. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Jim Calhoun, head coach of UConn men’s basketball for the past 26 years, speaks with a reporter from SNY after a press conference announcing that he is stepping down. At left is former Husky basketball player Donny Marshall. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Jim Calhoun, who took over a regional program at UConn 26 years ago and built it into a three-time NCAA champion and a perennial national power, has announced his retirement as the UConn men’s basketball coach at a press conference at Gampel Pavilion this afternoon. For a video tribute to Calhoun, go to UConnhuskies.com.

He is succeeded as head coach by Kevin Ollie, former assistant coach, Husky student-athlete, and 13-year NBA veteran.

Check back for more details from the press conference.

Kevin Ollie, UConn's new men's basketball head coach, speaks with reporters after the press conference. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Kevin Ollie, UConn’s new men’s basketball head coach, speaks with reporters after the press conference. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)