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Ex-UConn Coach Jim Calhoun Accused Of Sex Discrimination, Fostering 'Boys Club' Atmosphere

Former UConn coach Jim Calhoun
Former UConn coach Jim Calhoun Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Calhoun has been accused of sex discrimination and of fostering a “boys club” in a lawsuit against the University of Saint Joseph, the Division III school where he now coaches.

Jaclyn Piscitelli, a former athletic director at Saint Joseph, filed a lawsuit this week against the school in West Hartford, alleging Title IX violations, including claims against Calhoun.

Piscitelli’s attorney said she was fired in June after she complained about the conduct of three men, including Calhoun, alleging the department was turned into “a boys club” after he was hired to build the men’s basketball program.

Piscitelli accuses the UConn legend of multiple violations, including calling her “hot” and demanding that she clean up after him. She also claims that she would be belittled by male members of the athletic department staff and leave work early to play golf with Calhoun.

According to reports, the lawsuit states that "there was an instance in which Calhoun knocked a number of single-serve coffee 'K-cups' onto the floor and stepped on them, creating a mess of coffee grounds and packaging on the floor and made plaintiff clean them up, stating that if he made such a mess at home, his wife would clean up after him.”

The lawsuit seeks Piscitelli’s reinstatement, back pay, and unspecified monetary damages.

Calhoun was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2005. The 77-year-old coach led UConn to three national championships during his 26 years at the end of the bench, compiling a 629-245 record before being ousted in 2012. The University of Saint Joseph went 16-12 in its inaugural season. 

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