Legendary Coaches in All-Star Challenge


ORLANDO, Fla. ' The season finale of The Big Break All Star Challenge will pit legendary NCAA Basketball coaches and rivals Jim Calhoun (University of Connecticut), Jim Boeheim (Syracuse University), Gary Williams (Maryland) and Tom Penders (University of Houston) against each other in a special golf event for charity and bragging rights, airing Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. ET on The Golf Channel.
The coaches will compete in a series of golf challenges based on the networks widely popular and successful Big Break reality series - including the viewer-favorite glass breaking challenge and long-drive competition. Based upon individual performance, each coach will receive equivalent cash awards to be donated to charity at the end of the show. Filmed at Addison Reserve Country Club in Delray Beach, Fla., the Bone Marrow Foundation (www.bonemarrow.org) is the official charity beneficiary of this Big Break All Star Challenge. Golf Channel analyst Vince Cellini will serve as the host of the episode.
Entering his 21st season as head coach at Connecticut, Jim Calhoun has amassed more than 700 victories in his collegiate career, including two national championships (1999, 2004) and election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005. 2005 Hall of Fame inductee Jim Boeheim, head coach at Syracuse University for 30 years, has accumulated more than 700 victories and a national championship in 2003. Since returning to the University of Maryland in 1989, Gary Williams has led his alma maters program to national prominence, with 11 straight postseason berths, including the 2002 national championship. University of Houston head coach Tom Penders (a Connecticut alumnus) is legendary for turning around basketball programs into national prominence in his more than 30 years of coaching, including Texas, Rhode Island, George Washington, and the current resurgence at Houston.
With The Big Break VI: Trump National scheduled to debut Sept. 26, the reality series has been one of The Golf Channels most successful shows in the networks 11-year history. The series features golfers putting it all on the line for a chance to play on some of the worlds top tours, such as the LPGA Tour, Champions Tour, Nationwide Tour, European Tour and Canadian Tour. Thousands of golfers toil endlessly on the mini-tours, chasing their dreams and aiming for a shot to play with the best in the world. The Golf Channel and The Big Break make it possible. Viewers see great golf - strategy, tension, clutch shots and critical mistakes - as contestants take on challenges that reveal the strengths and weaknesses in their games and test their mental toughness.