Utah State has found Danny Sprinkle’s replacement

Youngstown State’s Jerrod Calhoun, 42, will take over as the Aggie men’s basketball coach.

Youngstown State head coach Jerrod Calhoun reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Detroit Mercy in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League tournament Thursday, March 2, 2023, in Youngstown, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

Utah State has its man.

Youngstown State coach Jerrod Calhoun will replace Danny Sprinkle as head of the Aggie men’s basketball team.

“Jerrod Calhoun embodies all the qualities we are looking for as the next leader of our men’s basketball program,” USU athletics director Diana Sabau said in announcing the hire Saturday. “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.”

Calhoun went 118-106 during seven seasons at Youngstown State, winning 46 games over the last two years.

“I am honored that Diana and President (Elizabeth) Cantwell have entrusted me with the privilege of leading the storied Aggie program,” said Calhoun. “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.”

The 42-year-old Calhoun previously served as an assistant at West Virginia (2007-12) and as the head coach of Fairmont State (2012-17).