YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown State University introduced its new men’s basketball coach on Tuesday.
Jerrod Calhoun was hired to be the 13th head coach in Penguins history.
Tuesday, he introduced his family to the media and talked about how excited he was to be a Penguin. He talked about the success of the university’s football team and how he would like to improve the basketball program.
“The Valley is dying for a basketball team to be proud of,” he said.
Calhoun said he has big expectations for the team to make a championship run.
“Ya know, I looked at Youngstown State as a sleeping giant. They have great facilities. We have a great recruiting base. We have a great administration. Why can’t we win? Why can’t we build on what Coach Slocum did in the tournament?” he said. “Those kids believed. Those kids played great basketball at the end of the year, so that’s what really drew me to this job.”
Calhoun, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, was born in East Liverpool.
“I can’t say it enough that the discussions that we have had with him, he has talked more about how much he feels about this community. It’s a community he wants to raise his family. He feels like it’s home. We spent more time talking about that than facilities and budgets and everything else like that,” said YSU Athletic Director Ron Strollo.
Calhoun spent the last five years at Fairmont State in West Virginia.
The 2017 Mideast Conference and NABC Atlantic District Coach of the Year, Calhoun directed the Fighting Falcons to an overall record of 34-3 and the program’s first national runner-up finish in 2016-17. Fairmont State won its first conference championship in 21 years with a mark of 21-1 and received its first NCAA Division II No. 1 ranking since 1976. The program also won 30-or-more games for the first time since 1974-75.
The Falcons won at least 20 games in each of Calhoun’s five seasons and won nearly 80 percent of their conference games.