WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Noreaga Davis recognizes being somewhat celebrity struck when Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun got here to see him play highschool basketball.
The 6-foot-Three very small ahead from Notre Dame-Fairfield in Connecticut, is certainly one of a couple of dozen avid gamers Calhoun has recruited as he is helping construct a brand new basketball program for the tiny University of Saint Joseph, a Division III college situated in suburban Hartford.
The former all-women’s college simply started admitting males and starts enjoying males’s basketball in November.
“This was my first time meeting like a real legendary coach,” Davis mentioned. “A few minutes after, I had to take a minute and be like, ‘Wow I just met Jim Calhoun.”
The Hall of Famer mentioned Wednesday that he desires to develop into the primary males’s coach on the Catholic college, which has a complete enrollment of about 2,400 scholars and a gymnasium that seats about 1,200 folks.
Since taking at the task as program architect remaining September, Calhoun mentioned he’s loved getting again into the sport, going to dozens of gyms and observing highschool and prep college video games whilst competing in recruiting circles, even on the DIII degree. He’s additionally been running to safe investment for brand spanking new basketball amenities at Saint Joseph.
“It’s an exciting time for me,” he mentioned. “I really like it.”
The 76-year-old is within the ultimate month of a 10-month consulting contract at Saint Joseph, but in addition not too long ago signed a brand new contract to proceed as an adviser at UConn, the place he retired as coach in 2012 after 26 seasons and 3 nationwide titles. During his 40-year training profession at Connecticut and Northeastern, Calhoun collected 873 wins.
Calhoun says he desires to proceed advising new UConn coach Dan Hurley and assist in no matter approach he can to rebuild the Huskies program. But, he recognizes there are some contractual and logistical problems to determine if he is to do each jobs. He expects to have the ones resolved within the subsequent month.
“I fully expect to coach Saint Joe’s next year,” he mentioned. “I fully expect to and then we’ll leave it at that.”
Should Calhoun finally end up as coach, Saint Joseph might develop into the very best profile DIII program within the nation. Calhoun says the college is in talks with networks similar to ESPN and Netflix about doing a documentary sequence on his go back. Bigger methods, together with Providence, have talked to him about imaginable exhibition video games, he mentioned.
Calhoun has introduced in his former UConn assistant, Glenn Miller, to assist him at Saint Joseph. Miller is also a former head coach at Penn and Brown. He is anticipated to be named head coach at Saint Joseph if Calhoun isn’t.
Davis mentioned he and the opposite recruits perceive the placement and are ok with it.
“I know that either way (Calhoun) will remain a big part of the basketball program,” he mentioned. “I’m just excited about that. We will have a chance to do something special. My goal is to win the Division III national championship.”
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