Coach Calhoun Taking Medical Leave

Associate head coach George Blaney will lead the men's basketball program during Calhoun's absence.

<p>Jim Calhoun Provided by the Division of Athletics</p>
Men's basketball head coach Jim Calhoun. Photo supplied by the Division of Athletics

It was announced Tuesday that University of Connecticut men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun will take a medical leave of absence from his head coach position, effective immediately.

“It is my recommendation that Coach Calhoun take a medical leave from his coaching position to address some temporary medical issues, none of which involve any previous medical conditions that he has dealt with,” said UConn Health Center physician Peter Schuman, MD, Calhoun’s primary care doctor.

“Our primary concern is Coach Calhoun’s health and his complete recovery,” said Jeffrey Hathaway, UConn’s director of athletics. “We will do everything possible to support Coach during this time. Jim and I both know that the men’s basketball program is in very capable hands under the leadership of associate head coach George Blaney.”

University President Michael Hogan also wished Calhoun well.

“Coach Calhoun is one of the country’s greatest coaches,” said Hogan. “I join the entire UConn community in wishing him a speedy recovery.”