Calhoun won his second national championship last season and has a 703-210 career coaching record. This is his second consecutive year as a finalist; his third year of eligibility.
Calhoun is also the recipient of the 2004-05 John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching award. His 19 year record at UConn is 455-173.
The 16 finalists are:
- Jim Boeheim, Syracuse 29-year head men's basketball coach.
- Hubie Brown, legendary coach who resigned as the Memphis Grizzlies' head coach and is now a color TV analyst for the NBA.
- Van Chancelor, women's coach at Mississippi and the WNBA's Houston Comets.
- Maurice Cheeks, former Portland Trail Blazers coach and former NBA all-star.
- Adrian Dantley, one of Morgan Wootten's crop of all-star players from DeMatha Catholic in the Washington, D.C. area. All-American at Notre Dame with 15 year NBA career.
- Joe Dumars, Detroit Pistons' President of Basketball Operations after playing his entire pro career with Detroit.
- Sandro Gamba, Milan, Italy native has coached in Europe for over 30 years.
- Sue Gunter, head women's basketball coach at LSU, Stephen F. Austin and Middle Tennessee. Third winningest coach in women's NCAA history with 708 wins over her 41 year career.
- Dennis Johnson, 14 year NBA career with Seattle, Phoenix and Boston.
- Bernard King, All-American at Tennessee, the Brooklyn native also had a 14 year NBA career, his with New Jersey, Golden State, New York and Washington.
- Hortencia Marcari, member of the Brazillian National Team at the 1992, '96, and 2000 Olympics winning Gold at the 1994 World Championships.
- Chet Walker, All-American out of Bradley in the late 50s and early 60s. 13-year NBA career with Syracuse-Philadelphia and Chicago.
- Dominique Wilkins, born in Paris, France, was a Parade H.S. All-American. Following his career at Georgis went on to the NBA spending about half of the time with the Atlanta Hawks.