New UConn Basketball Coach Kevin Ollie Signs 1-Year Contract

Connecticut has announced that new head basketball coach Kevin Ollie has signed a one-year deal that will pay him $625,000 to coach the Huskies during the 2012-13 season.

Ollie, who was a star player for UConn from 1991-95, will succeed Jim Calhoun, who is announcing his retirement at a press conference Thursday afternoon. Ollie had been an assistant under Calhoun since 2010.

This will be the first time since 1985 that someone other than Calhoun has entered a college basketball season as the Huskies’ head coach. Calhoun, 70, turned the once-middling Connecticut program into a national powerhouse, winning seven Big East tournament titles, making a school-record four Final Four appearances and winning national championships in 1999, 2004 and 2011.

Because of low APR scores, Connecticut is ineligible to participate in any postseason tournament in 2012-13, including the Big East tournament.

For more on Jim Calhoun’s retirement, please be sure to check out The UConn Blog, SB Nation Boston and our college basketball hub for all the latest news and updates.

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