Jerrod Calhoun
Jerrod Calhoun
Title: Head Men's Basketball Coach
Phone: (330) 941-3004
Year: Third Season
Alma Mater: Cincinnati, 2004
Twitter: YSUCoachCalhoun

Jerrod Calhoun is in his third season as Head Coach of the Youngstown State University men’s basketball program after being named to the position on March 27, 2017. Calhoun is the 13th head coach in program history.

Calhoun guided the Penguins to a four-win improvement from his inaugural season and posted the second-most wins in Horizon league play since joining the conference in 2001-02. The Penguins also set the school record for most 3-pointers made in a season with 303 and scored at least 2,000 points for the 10th straight season. The Penguins scored 2,415 points in 2018-19, which ranks fifth in program history.

For the first time in 20 years, the Penguins won six straight games, which set a YSU record for conecutive wins in the Horizon League, from Jan. 31 to Feb. 16.

Darius Quisenberry became the first Youngstown State freshman to earn all-conference honors when he was selected to the All-Horizon League Second-Team. He was also named to the Horizon League All-Freshmen Team. Quisenberry led the Penguins with 13.8 points per game and had 120 assists. He became the first YSU freshman to score at least 400 points since 1978-79 and set the school record 3-point record with 51 made 3s.

Naz Bohannon reached a milestone by grabbing the 500th rebound of his career and finishing with 8.3 rebounds per game, which ranked second in the Horizon League. 

During the 2017-18 season, the Penguins set a school record with 266 steals, breaking the 27-year-old record of 255 set in 1990-91. Youngstown State also scored 2,410 points, which rank sixth on the single-season scoring list and is just the fifth time in school history a YSU team has scored more than 2,400 points in a season.

Calhoun also guided the Penguins to their first 3-0 start in Horizon League play since the Penguins joined the league in 2001-02.

Cameron Morse, who averaged 15.4 points per game game, became just the second YSU player to earn All-Horizon League honors in three consecutive season after being named to the all-league second-team in 2017-18. Morse ended his career with 1,913 career points, which ranked sixth all-time, and tied the school record for career 3-pointers made with 232.

Naz Bohannon was named to the Horizon League All-Freshmen after averaging 7.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Bohannon's 259 rebounds were the most by a YSU player since Jerome Sims' 327 in 1991-92 and were the most by a YSU freshman since Jeff Covington's 311 in 1974-75.

Prior to coming to Youngstown State, Calhoun, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, spent five seasons as the head coach at Fairmont State and accumulated an overall record of 124-38. He guided FSU to the NCAA Division II Tournament in each of his last three years and four times overall. The Falcons won at least 20 games in each of his five seasons and won nearly 80 percent of their conference games.

The 2017 Mountain East Conference 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.

Calhoun was a successful assistant coach at Walsh and most recently at West Virginia under Bob Huggins. He spent four years at WVU as the director of basketball operations before serving as an assistant coach in 2011-12.

The Mountaineers went 19-14 during Calhoun’s last season there and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. During his five years in Morgantown, W.Va., the Mountaineers posted an overall record of 120-36 with five NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2010 Final Four and the 2008 Sweet 16.

At Walsh, the Cavaliers posted an 82-21 record during his three seasons in North Canton, Ohio. Walsh won the 2005 NAIA national championship while advancing to the Elite Eight in 2006 and the Sweet 16 in 2007.

Calhoun, a 2004 graduate of the University of Cincinnati, began his coaching career at Cincinnati in 2003-04, where he served as a student assistant under Huggins. That year, the Bearcats were 25-7 overall and advanced to the second round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament.

Calhoun played two years of college basketball at Cleveland State for Rollie Massimino and was a member of the Dean’s List as well as the Student-Athlete Advisory Board.
He earned four letters at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School in Cleveland and averaged 19.0 points per game his senior year. He graduated as the school-record holder for free-throw percentage and was tabbed Lake County News Herald Player of the Year.

Calhoun earned his bachelor’s degree from Cincinnati, majoring in criminal justice and minoring in communications.

He is married to the former Sarah McKenna and has a son, Jordan, and three daughters, Kennedy, Kendall, and Quinn.