In need of a pick-me-up in the wake of Tyler Polley’s ACL injury? Jim Calhoun, a man who needs no introduction, picked up his 900th win on Friday, after the University of Saint Joseph beat Pratt Institute 105-61.
The Hall of Fame coach returned to stalk the sidelines in 2018, leading the former all-women’s school when it became fully coeducational. Calhoun was the Blue Jays’ first ever men’s coach, and led the Division III team in West Hartford, Connecticut to a 16-12 record. This year they’re 11-2, the least surprising thing in the world considering Calhoun’s resume.
It’s win number 27 at Saint Joseph’s after collecting 625 wins at UConn and 248 at Northeastern. Despite Calhoun’s well-documented battles with cancer, you simply cannot pull the man away from what he’s loved doing since 1972.
Calhoun is also just three wins away from passing Bob Knight for third place all-time in wins amongst coaches who have won at least 600 games at the Division I level. If Calhoun can pass Knight, he will still trail Mike Krzyzewski (1,147 wins) and Jim Boeheim (955) on the all-time list.