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Ollie received the Saint Francis Award at the 29th annual Fransiscan Sports Banquet

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By Anthony Caruso III

Perfect. That word describes Connecticut men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie in this year’s March Madness tournament.

He replaced his mentor Jim Calhoun two years ago on an interim basis, before being promoted to full-time head coach.

Kevin Ollie (Getty Images)

Kevin Ollie (Getty Images)

In April, Ollie guided the Huskies to a March Madness tournament championship with a win over Kentucky, winning 60-54 for their fourth championship in school history.

Tonight, he received the Saint Francis Award at the 29th annual Fransiscan Sports Banquet and Silent Auction in Aqua Turf Club in Southington, Connecticut. This award is traditionally given to an individual, who honors Franciscan values while excelling on the playing field.

This is the second time that the Huskies men’s basketball coach has been honored with the award, as Calhoun was previously honored. The 72-year-old has a special place in his heart for the Fransiscan Life Center, Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care.

Guy DeFrances Sr. received the Jim Calhoun Community Service Award, while Dave Bike, recently retired Sacred Heart men’s basketball coach, received the Dean of Sport Award. Longtime Boston sports writer Jackie MacMullan received the Saint Clare Award.

Other award winners including Mount Ida College defensive tackle Jon Proto, the North Haven and Southington football teams, and the Connecticut Special Olympics.

Many of the Connecticut Special Olympics participants will be traveling to New Jersey to participate in the Special Olympics USA Games, held every four years.

 

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