He came back time and again from illness and injuries, but today after 26 years of coaching in the University of Connecticut's basketball program.
The magic moments of his career — not the least of which was an unexpected national championship in 2011 — are many.
In 2005, before even the most recent national championship, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
That's not the whole of it, though. Calhoun is also a prominent philanthropist in Connecticut, raising millions for the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at UConn Health Center and supporting other charities.
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