Division III team coached by Jim Calhoun makes NCAA Tournament in program’s second year

Jim Calhoun returned to college basketball by taking a job at a Division III school in West Hartford, Connecticut called University of Saint Joseph, which was admitting men for the first time in 2018.  

This was a different challenge than the University of Connecticut, where the Hall of Famer won three national titles (1999, 2004, 2011) and accumulated more than 600 victories in a career that now has him past the 900-win mark. At USJ, Calhoun had to start the program from scratch.  

The results are the same, however. Wherever Calhoun goes, winning follows. University of Saint Joseph finished off an undefeated conference slate with a 88-84 win over Albertus Magnus and captured the Great Northeast Athletic Conference's automatic bid into the Division III NCAA Tournament. 

St. Joe’s beats Albertus 88-84 for GNAC Title and first NCAA bid. Jim Calhoun. pic.twitter.com/gGxwSA0p0W

Coach Calhoun doing what he does best! ?

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In the team's first year of existence, the Blue Jays went 16-12 and 5-6 in the GNAC to finish seventh. The Blue Jays went 11-0 in conference play this year and will enter the big dance on a 25-game winning streak at 26-2. 

Calhoun's time at the school hasn't been all smooth. Last October, he was named in a sexual discrimination lawsuit brought against USJ. 

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