Utah State tabs Youngstown State's Jerrod Calhoun as coach

League: NCAA Basketball

Posted on: 30 Mar, 2024 at 03:47 PM

Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Utah State named Jerrod Calhoun as the 22nd men's basketball coach in the program's history on Saturday.

Over the past two seasons, Calhoun guided Youngstown State to consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in its Division I history. He posted a 118-106 record in seven seasons there, including a 46-20 mark over the last two.

"Jerrod Calhoun embodies all the qualities we are looking for as the next leader of our men's basketball program," said Diana Sabau, Utah State vice president and director of athletics.

"He is energetic, enthusiastic, a player's coach and is motivated to keep our current student-athletes in Logan. He is a formidable recruiter, an exceptional motivator, and has a keen understanding of the competitive nature of NIL and will be a great partner in growing the Blue A Collective."

Given that the Aggies have had five different coaches over the past 14 years, including three in the past four years alone, Calhoun's statement that he and his family are "eager to put down roots in Logan" should be welcomed by Utah State fans.

"I am honored that Diana and President (Elizabeth) Cantwell have entrusted me with the privilege of leading the storied Aggie program," Calhoun said. "I could not be more excited about the opportunity to work alongside them. I look forward to making Aggie Nation proud of our program, both on and off the court, and competing for championships on an annual basis."

Calhoun, 42, replaces Danny Sprinkle, who accepted the head-coaching position in Washington on Monday after spending one season with Utah State.

--Field Level Media