Back when Jim Calhoun was a kid growing up in Braintree, Mass., boys played only football, baseball and basketball.
The UConn basketball coaching legend didn’t know much about lacrosse until his oldest son, Jim, started playing at Noble & Greenough School in Dedham, Mass., in the 1980s. Calhoun took Jim and his brother, Jeff, to an NCAA championship game in Maryland when they were children, and the new men’s basketball coach at the University of Saint Joseph (Conn.) has been a fan ever since.
"It’s a terrific sport; it combines basketball with some of football’s physical aspects," Calhoun said. "They run picks and plays; it’s fun to watch."
Calhoun, who coached UConn to three Division 1 national championships, will be able to watch his new favorite sport at USJ soon. St. Joseph’s began admitting men this fall, meaning men’s lacrosse will be available for the 2020 season, competing at the Division 3 level.