Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Calhoun got his 900th career victory Friday night as his Division III St. Joseph team defeated Pratt Institute 105-61 in West Hartford, Conn.
Calhoun, who coached Connecticut to three national championships, became the 11th coach in men's basketball history to reach that mark. Among coaches with at 600 wins at the Division I level, he became fourth to 900, joining Duke's Mike Krzyzewski (1,046), Syracuse's Jim Boeheim (954) and Bob Knight (902).
The 77-year-old won 248 games at Northeastern (1972-86) and 625 at UConn (1986-2012). He is 27-14 at St. Joseph, which plays in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. He came out of retirement in 2018 to coach at St. Joseph.
After the game Friday, he just wanted to talk about his team.
"I'm so proud of them," he said of players, per the Hartford Courant. "They give me as much as, hopefully, I give them. ... Those kinds of things mean more to me than basketball sometimes, that these guys truly care about doing something special with themselves and something special with their life."
His players recognize they are playing for a legend.
"It's crazy because we're all from here and we all watched him when we were young on TV, winning national championships," junior Jordan Powell, of Middletown, Conn., told the Courant. "Now to see him every day, it's really a blessing. And he doesn't make it about him. He helps us on the court, off the court."
--Field Level Media