WATERVILLE, Maine — A legendary basketball coaching figure will be on the campus of Thomas College next month to speak at the institution’s athletic hall of fame induction ceremony.
Jim Calhoun, who compiled 877 career victories over a 40-year career with the men’s basketball programs at Northeastern University and the University of Connecticut, will address the crowd during the Oct. 14 ceremony at the Spann Student Commons.
Thomas will welcome three members into its Hall of Fame class: Mike Ross, Erin Lovely and Brittany Johnson.
During his career, Calhoun mentored seven consensus All-Americans and coached several players who would go on to play in the NBA, including the late Reggie Lewis of Northeastern and Boston Celtics.
Calhoun directed Connecticut to seven Big East tournament titles, five NCAA Final Fours and national championships in 1999, 2004 and 2011. He earned the NCAA Coach of the Year honor in 1990.
The Hall of Fame banquet will run from 6-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for those ages 6 to 12. Those planning to attend must register online.
Ross was a key member of Thomas’ lacrosse program in his four seasons, joining the team in its first NCAA season. He earned North Atlantic Conference Player of the Year accolades as a senior.
Ross also captained the men’s basketball team as a senior and was invited to participate in the USILA Division III North-South game and the NEILA Division III East-West game, both prestigious Division III all-star lacrosse games.
Lovely amassed more than 1,600 points in a four-year basketball career, earning first-team, all-conference honors on two occasions.
She was was an all-conference field hockey player and a talented softball player.
Johnson, the former Brittany Morin, started at shortstop in all four years for the Terriers’ softball team, never hitting below .341 in a season. She earned NAC Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman, and was a first-team, all-conference selection as a senior.
Johnson also played basketball at the school.