Coach Jim Calhoun, University of Connecticut
Coach Jim Calhoun won three NCAA national championships as the former head coach of the University of Connecticut’s men’s basketball team. Calhoun finished his career with 873 victories, ranking 12th all-time, and is widely considered being the greatest coaches of all time. However to Calhoun, his commitment to faith always surpassed his basketball achievements.
As he told the Catholic Transcript when discussing his battle with cancer, “I think faith is what gets us through…difficult times…I had no idea what the results were going to be. But I had great faith…that I would be able to watch my grandchildren grow up. If you don’t have faith when the tough times come, you won’t have a core, a foundation to lean on.”
He further shows his faith to others by his commitment to charity. Calhoun and his wife have helped raise millions of dollars and by doing so, Calhoun puts his success in service of others. “Many times,” he told The Transcript, “I’m the voice [for those] who cannot speak. I’m the person for those who cannot be seen. That’s who I am.”