The Faces of Jim Calhoun

3-22-2002 Syracuse, NY Coach Jim Calhoun reacts during the second half. RICH MESSINA |

Jim Calhoun, who took UConn from just another basketball program in 1986 to one of the best in the country winning three national championships, officially announced his retirement Thursday after 26 years as UConn basketball head coach. As sports photographers, we will all miss coach Calhoun on the sidelines. His rants, tirades, smiles (usually sarcastic), screams at referees, and outrageous faces make great photos. Very often, if the game was in the bag, we might just train our lenses on the coach. It never fails, he always makes a good picture. Love him or hate him, he was always good copy and ALWAYS great photos. At Eye Contact, we have put together a gallery of Coach Calhoun’s expressions from throughout his many seasons at UConn. Enjoy.

Chapel Hill, NC 1-17-2004 Head Coach Jim Calhoun looks over the play late in the second half. RICH MESSINA |

STORRS, CT 1/6/01 Coach Jim Calhoun has had plenty of opinions about the officiating so far this season as he gets into it Saturday afternoon with Reggie Greenwood during UConn’s game against St. John’s at Gample Pavilion. JOHN WOIKE |

PHOENIX, AZ. 3.20.99 — WEST REGIONAL FINALS, MENS NCAA s, Uconn vs Gonzaga — Head coach Jim Calhoun cried after winning his first trip to the final four. At post game ceremonies after winning the West Regional, Calhoun, stilled teary-eyed cut down the nets and displayed it to the fans who came to Phoenix to cheer Uconn on. Photo by Brad Clift / Hartford Courant.

Storrs, CT 3/11/01 Coach Jim Calhoun reflects on what was a disappointing season for the Uconn men’s basketball team Sunday evening after learning they were not invited to the NCAA Championship Tournament. JOHN WOIKE |

Hartford, CT 1/7/02 Head coach Jim Calhoun signals his troops to get back on defense during the closing moments as the UConn men almost pulled out a victory Monday night against the University of Oklahoma at the Hartford Civic Center. Oklahoma’s Ebi Ere scored the winning hoop for a 69-67 Sooner victory. JOHN WOIKE |

STORRS, CT; 2.8.00: UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun talks with the media after a team practice Tuesday. MICHAEL McANDREWS |

New York, NY 2-21-2000 Coach Jim Calhoun puts his head down early in the second half as st. John began to pull away with the game. St. johns won 79 to 64. RICH MESSINA |

Birmingham Alabama, 3/19/00: Coach Jim Calhoun gives Kevin Freeman a hug as he walks off the court in Birmingham Alabama Sunday afternoon after losing 65-51 to Tennesse during the NCAA Tournament. It was Freeman’s last game as a UCONN Huskie. JOHN WOIKE |

HARTFORD-1/2/10- UConn’s head coach Jim Calhoun went into a tirade late in the game when Notre Dame’s high scorer, Luke Harangody, scored yet again. UConn was ahead by 11 pts. at the time but Calhoun was not pleased with the defensive play of his team. Harangody had a game-high 31 pts. UConn beat Notre Dame at the XL Center Saturday, 82-70. STEPHEN DUNN|

STORRS 2/12/10- Coach Jim Calhoun returned to the court at Gampel Pavilion Friday afternoon after a 3 week medical leave of absence.In photo Calhoun talks about the future during a press conference. STEPHEN DUNN|

Storrs, CT 3/2/05 Jim Calhoun waves to the crowd at Gampel Pavilion after UConn defeated Georgetown 83-64 and he earned his 700th victory. JOHN WOIKE |

Storrs, CT 1/10/07 UConn head coach Jim Calhoun (L) and assistant coach George Blaney try to get their point across during the second half against Marquette. It never got through to the players as the Huskies dropped first home game of the season 73-69. JOHN WOIKE |

UNCASVILLE 8/9/08 UConn coach Jim Calhoun laughs with former player Ben Gordon during the Jim Calhoun Charity All-Star Basketball Game at the Mohegan Sun Arena. CLOE POISSON |

Storrs, CT 11/26/06 UConn head coach Jim Calhoun looks to be disinterested in his teams effort duiring the second half. JOHN WOIKE |

Phoenix, AZ 3/27/04 Jim Calhoun raises his arm holding the net after UConn defeated Alabama 87-71 Saturday afternoon in the Phoenix Regional to advance to the Final Four in San Antonio. JOHN WOIKE |

HARTFORD 2/13/10 UConn’s head coach Jim Calhoun shouts instructions to his team during the second half of their game against Cincinnati at the XL Center. It was Calhoun’s first game after returning from a three-week medical leave. UConn did not deliver a win for their coach, losing 60-48. CLOE POISSON |

HARTFORD 2/13/10 UConn head coach Jim Calhoun was animated as ever in his first game coaching after a three-week medical leave of absence. They lost to Cincinnati, 60-48, at the XL Center. CLOE POISSON|

Buffalo, NY 3/18/04 Jim Calhoun gives Hilton Armstrong a look after Amstrong failed to defend his player and he hit a three pointer during the second half in a 70-53 UConn victory at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY in the first round of the NCAA Championships. JOHN WOIKE |

Storrs, CT 12-06, 2009 UConn Head Coach Jim Calhoun watches game action during the second half. The UConn mens basketball team beat Harvard University at Gampel Pavilion on their Storrs campus Sunday afternoon by a score of 79 to 73. RICH MESSINA |

Worcester, MA 3-20-2005 Coach Jim Calhoun motions on the sideline after a time out was called on the court. UConn lost to North Carolina State in the second round of the by a score of 65 to 62. RICH MESSINA |

Philadelphia, PA 2-15-2010 UConn UConn Head Coach Jim Calhoun sits on the bench during the second half. RICH MESSINA |

Atlanta, GA 02-11-2007 UConn coach Jim Calhoun tries to plead his case to the referee on a call agianst his team during first half action. The UConn mens basketball team lost to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta by a score of 65 to 52. RICH MESSINA |

Manhattan, NY 3/13/08 UConn head coach Jim Calhoun lets Stanley Robinson know of his displeasure after allowing another West Virginia player to hit an open three and extend the Mountaineers lead during the second half of their quarterfinal game of the Big East Championship. JOHN WOIKE |

HARTFORD 2.13.01 UConn vs Boston College. Coach Jim Calhoun gets into the action against Boston College. JOHN WOIKE |

STORRS, CT; 2/7/09: UConn coach Jim Calhoun looks peeved as his team misses a shot during the second half against Michigan at Gampel Pavilion. After struggling in the first half, UConn pulled out the win, 69-61. CLOE POISSON|

HOUSTON – TX – 04/04/11 – Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun celebrates the Huskies’ 53-41 win over Butler for the 2011 NCAA Final Four National Championship in Houston, Texas. UConn is behind 22-19 at the half. BETTINA HANSEN |

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