Huskies of Honor

This post originally ran on July 23, 2008.  The men’s portion of this post is being re-run in honor of UConn’ s Men basketball coach Jim Calhoun retiring after 26 years in Storrs and 40 on the bench.

At UConn, Calhoun brought the program from small time to big time.  More than 800 wins in all, four Final Fours, 3 National Championships, numerous Big East Regular Season titles and Big East Tournament Championships, a boat load of players to the NBA and what I hope isn’t lost in all this is the NIT Championship they won in his second season.

It was that NIT Championship in 1988 that laid the foundation for greatness.

Coach you are one of kind and we will miss you not only for the wins and losses and the humor and the sarcasm but for your philantropy.  You gave and continue to give to the UConn community you are a true hero.

During the 2006-2007 NCAA basketball season the UConn Huskies established the “Huskies of Honor” paying a visible tribute in the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion to the top players and coaches in UConn men’s and women’s basketball history. Many of these players and coaches made helped make the programs the national powers they have become.

5 February 2007 Some of the inaugural honorees for the UConn mens Huskies of Honor.  (left to right) Athletic Director Jeff Hathaway, Scott Greer, son of former coach Hugh Greer, Carla Dropo daughter of former player Walt Dropo, Vin Yokabaskas, Art Quimby, Toby Kimball, Wes Bialosuknia, Tony Hanson, Corny Thompson, Chris Smith, Donyell Marshall and former coach Dee Rowe at the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion on the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs CT.

5 February 2007 Some of the inaugural honorees for the UConn men’s Huskies of Honor. (left to right) Athletic Director Jeff Hathaway, Scott Greer, son of former coach Hugh Greer, Carla Dropo daughter of former player Walt Dropo, Vin Yokabaskas, Art Quimby, Toby Kimball, Wes Bialosuknia, Tony Hanson, Corny Thompson, Chris Smith, Donyell Marshall and former coach Dee Rowe at the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion on the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs CT.

5 February 2007 UConn hall of fame head coach Jim Calhoun walks off the court while being saluted with a standing ovation by the  UConn student section Dog Pound after being inducted into the inaugural class of the UConn Huskies of Honor at the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion on the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs CT.5 February 2007 UConn hall of fame head coach Jim Calhoun walks off the court while being saluted with a standing ovation by the UConn student section ‘Dog Pound’ after being inducted into the inaugural class of the UConn Huskies of Honor at the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion on the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs CT.

The men were honored in February of 2007 with their inaugural class into the “Huskies of Honor”. Consisting of 13 players and three coaches the class of sixteen was 12 members of the UConn Men’s Basketball All-Century Team as well as 2004 NCAA National Player of the Year Emeka Okafor. Plus former coaches Dee Rowe and Hugh Greer and Hall of Fame head coach Jim Calhoun who has won two National Championships since coming to Storrs in 1986.

In addition to Okafor the 12 other players were All-Americans Donyell Marshall, Ray Allen and Richard Hamilton. Plus Husky greats Walt Dropo, Vin Yokabaskas, Art Quimby, Toby Kimball, Wes Bialosuknia, Tony Hanson, Corny Thompson, Clifford Robinson and Chris Smith.

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