Oct. 29, 2013
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Hall of Fame coaching legends Jim Calhoun of UConn and Gary Williams of Maryland will team up for “Lunch with the Legends” Friday, Nov. 8, in advance of the UConn men’s basketball team’s season-opener against Maryland, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The luncheon event will be held in the University Club in New York, N.Y., at noon.
Calhoun and Williams will engage with attendees as they reflect on their respective national championship winning teams. The Barclays Center contest will mark the first time the two programs have met since Maryland defeated UConn, 90-82, in the 2002 NCAA Regional finals en route to winning the national championship.
Tickets for the luncheonvevent are very limited. Seats are available for only $100, and VIP tables may also be purchased through the UConn Alumni Association Club.
After the lunch, attendees are invited to head over to the Barclays Center to see the Huskies tip-off their season against Maryland.
Calhoun became just the fifth coach in history to win three NCAA titles when he led Connecticut to the 2011 championship two seasons ago. He accumulated a 625-243 record in 26 seasons as head coach of the Huskies, and was named Big East Coach of the Year four times. Combining Big East regular-season crowns and postseason tournament titles, his teams won 17 Big East championships. Calhoun’s 873 coaching victories in 40 years as a Division I coach rank sixth all-time.
The winningest coach in Maryland basketball history (461-252), Williams led his alma mater to the pinnacle of collegiate athletics when the Terps captured the national title in 2002. In 22 seasons with Williams at the helm, Maryland earned 14 NCAA Tournament berths, in addition to seven appearances in the Sweet 16.
UConn fans may purchase tickets, while supplies last, through the UConn Alumni Association at http://uconnalumni.com.