John Calipari
DOB: Feb. 10, 1959
Calipari's Wikipedia page

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at UMass

Head Coach, 1988-96
Boston Globe article of Calipari's hire at UMass, April 1988.

Record at UMass
1988-8910-18 (5-13 A-10) 
1989-9017-14 (10-8 A-10)NIT appearance
1990-9120-13 (10-8 A-10)NIT Final Four
1991-9230-5  (13-3 A-10)A-10 Regular Season Champs
A-10 Tournament Champs
NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1992-9324-7  (11-3 A-10)A-10 Regular Season Champs
A-10 Tournament Champs
NCAA Second Round
1993-9428-7  (14-2 A-10)A-10 Regular Season Champs
A-10 Tournament Champs
NCAA Second Round
1994-9529-5  (13-3 A-10)A-10 Regular Season Champs
A-10 Tournament Champs
NCAA Elite Eight
1995-96*35-2  (15-1 A-10)A-10 East Regular Season Champs
A-10 Tournament Champs
NCAA Final Four
TotalsOverall: 193-71 (.731)
Atlantic-10: 91-41 (.689)

*1995-96 notes: NCAA Tournament appearance was vacated by the NCAA for use of an ineligible student athlete (Marcus Camby).
The NCAA no longer recognizes the school’s tournament appearance or its 4-1 record in tournament games that season.

Future look:
While at UMass, John Calipari coached against schools that he would coach at later in his career.
Memphis: Calipari coached UMass in one game against Memphis. 1/4/1996, Memphis 61 vs UMass 64 (in Worcester MA).
Kentucky: Calipari coached UMass in five games against Kentucky.
12/4/1991, UMass 69 at Kentucky 90
3/26/1992, UMass 77 vs Kentucky 87 (in Philadelphia PA)
2/6/1994, UMass 64 vs Kentucky 67 (in East Rutherford NJ)
11/28/1995, UMass 92 vs Kentucky 82 (in Auburn Hills MI)
3/30/1996, Kentucky 81 vs UMass 74 (in Philadelphia PA)


Kentucky WildcatsKentucky Wildcats, NCAA
Head Coach, 2009-

Calipari's page on the UK site.
Local coverage from The Lexington Herald Leader newspaper.

Apr. 1, 2009Introduced as UK's new head coach. Calipari agreed to a contract for 8 years, $31.65 million plus incentives.

TigersMemphis Tigers, NCAA
Head Coach, 2000-09

Calipari's page on the Memphis site.
Local coverage from The Commercial Appeal, Memphis newspaper.

2008-09 seasonESPN reported that Calipari was making $2.35 million annually, under his latest contract extension.
Nov. 17, 2008Calipari: Basketball team architect.
Apr. 12, 2006Turns down offer for head coaching job at NC State. Memphis throws money at Calipari to stay, reportedly with a total compensation package of about $1.7 million through the 2010-11 season.
Aug. 21, 2005Daughter Erin joins the UMass women's basketball team as a walk-on. External link
Erin Calipari's bio page on
May 18, 2001Memphis Rewards Calipari With Raise.
Apr. 2001Calipari was mentioned for the South Carolina job opening, but withdrew his name from consideration.
Mar. 29, 2001Tigers conclude their season with a 3rd place win in the TiVo NIT, finishing with a 21-15 record. The Tigers record in 1999-2000 was 15-16, losing in the the C-USA quarter-finals.
Nov. 9, 2000Graceland: John Calipari has found a new place to dwell - Memphis - and he's already a big hit.
Mar. 11, 2000Calipari joins the Tigers.

76ersPhiladelphia 76ers, NBA
Assistant Coach, 1999-2000

Mar. 10, 2000On the bench for the last time with the team before joining Memphis.
Feb. 22, 2000Calipari acknowledges talks with Memphis.
Feb. 19, 2000Calipari still interested in Memphis after Georgia Tech news.
Jan. 5, 2000Memphis seems willing to go see Cal.
Nov. 21, 1999Calipari Steals the Nets' Show.
Sept. 3, 1999Reunites with Larry Brown as assistant with Philadelphia.

Nets97Nets96New Jersey Nets, NBA
Head Coach & VP-Basketball Operations, 1996-99

Mar. 15, 1999Nets ownership fires Calipari after Nets stumble to 3-17 record to start the strike-shortened 1998-99 NBA season.
Mar. 11, 1999Nets trade for star point-guard Stephon Marbury, granting Calipari a temporary stay of execution. Audio from ESPN's David Aldrige (283k WAV).
Mar. 2, 1999Cal returns to Boston with job security questions swirling in the air.
1997-98Improves record 17 games to 43-39, earning the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Nets lose to Chicago Bulls in three games.
Mar. 13, 1998NBA education of John Calipari
1996-97Compiles a 26-56 record in his first NBA season.
Jun. 6, 1996Resigns from UMass and accepts Nets job.


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