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Category: Basketball, Coaches, Leadership Speakers

Highlights: John Calipari is the men's basketball coach at the University of Kentucky. Since joining the school in 2009, he has coached the Wildcats to four Final Four appearances and the 2012 national title.

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John Calipari has served as the men’s head basketball coach at the University of Kentucky since 2009. During his time in Lexington, Calipari has led the Wildcats to four trips to the Final Four and a NCAA national title in 2012. Prior to Kentucky, Calipari coached the University of Memphis from 2000-2009, the NBA’s New Jersey Nets from 1996-1999 and UMass from 1988-1996. He led both Memphis and UMass to the Final Four, which included Memphis playing in the finals in 2008, where the Tigers lost to Kansas in overtime. Considered one of the top college coaches of his generation, Calipari has three times been named the Naismith Coach of the Year and NABC Coach of the Year. He has additionally been named SEC Coach of the Year four times while at Kentucky and was named Conference USA Coach of the Year three times while at Memphis and Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year three times while at UMass. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.

Born on February 10, 1959 in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, Calipari graduated college from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He got his start in coaching when he was hired as an assistant at the University of Kansas in 1982. He moved on to the University of Pittsburgh as an assistant in 1985 before he got his first head coaching job at UMass in 1988. Away from the hardcourt, Calipari has authored a number of books, including “Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out” and “Bounce Back: Overcoming Setbacks to Succeed in Business and in Life”. He was also the subject of an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary titled “One and Not Done."

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