#197 – Jim Calhoun

The Life of Dad Show - Episode 197 - Jim Calhoun

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk March Madness, April Fools pranks, kid’s jokes, and they even come up with new nicknames for each other. After that the guys welcome legendary men’s basketball coach, Jim Calhoun.

Jim Calhoun has coached for 40 years. In his outstanding coaching career he has won 873 games and three National Championships. Calhoun‘s life experiences had a huge impact on his coaching style. At the age of 15 Jim lost his father. Jim knew that he had to take up the role of being the man of the house when his father passed away. During that time he learned the values of hard work and sacrifice. As a coach he taught all of those values to his players. Calhoun‘s success doesn’t just show up in the college game, but the professional level as well. Twenty-six of Calhoun‘s players from UConn have played in the NBA.

Jim and his wife Pat are setting an example off the court too. They host the annual Calhoun Classic Weekend features a Celebrity Charity Basketball All-Star Game and Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament with proceeds benefiting the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at UConn. The Calhoun Classic has raised millions that support various organizations. Calhoun also hosts the Jim Calhoun Cancer Challenge Ride and Walk to benefit the organizations who research ways to beat cancer.

Jim has two sons and six grandchildren. The guys chat with Jim about college hoops, fatherhood, and why being a grandpa is so cool.

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