John Calipari Bio

April 1, 2009 

Full name: John Vincent Calipari

Age: 50

Born: Feb. 10, 1959, in Strickly, Pa.

High school: Moon Area High School (Pa.), 1978

College: Calipari lettered two years at North Carolina-Wilmington (1978-80) before transferring to Division II Clarion State, where he graduated in 1982 with a marketing degree. Calipari was the starting point guard for a top-20 team both seasons at Clarion.

Family: Wife, Ellen; daughters, Erin (senior at UMass) and Megan (freshman at Memphis); son, Bradley, 12.

Coaching chronology

1982-85: Kansas, assistant coach

1985-88: Pittsburgh, assistant coach

1988-96: Massachusetts, head coach

1996-99: New Jersey Nets, head coach

1999-2000: Philadelphia 76ers, assistant coach

2000-2009: Memphis, head coach

Coaching record


1988-89 Massachusetts 10-18

1989-90 Massachusetts 17-14

1990-91 Massachusetts 20-13

1991-92 Massachusetts 30-5

1992-93 Massachusetts 24-7

1993-94 Massachusetts 28-7

1994-95 Massachusetts 29-5

1995-96 Massachusetts 35-2

2000-01 Memphis 21-15

2001-02 Memphis 27-9

2002-03 Memphis 23-7

2003-04 Memphis 22-8

2004-05 Memphis 22-16

2005-06 Memphis 33-4

2006-07 Memphis 33-4

2007-08 Memphis 38-2

2008-09 Memphis 33-4

Total 17 seasons 445-140

NCAA Tournament appearances: 11

NCAA Tournament record: 25-11

NCAA Final Fours: x-One (2007-09)

NCAA championships: Zero

NIT appearances: Five

NIT record: 15-5

NIT semifinals: Three (1990-91, 2000-01, 2004-05)

NIT championships: One (2001-02)

Conference championships: 10

x-Calipari took UMass to the 1996 Final Four, but that appearance was later stricken from the record books because star center Marcus Camby accepted money from an agent.


1996-97 New Jersey 26-56

1997-98 New Jersey 43-39

1998-99 New Jersey 3-17

Totals Three seasons 72-112

Playoff appearances: One (1997-98; lost 3-0 in first round to Chicago)

Coaching awards

2008: Naismith National Coach of the Year; Conference USA Coach of the Year.

2007: USBWA District 4 Coach of the Year; Basketball Times South Region Coach of the Year.

2006: Conference USA Coach of the Year.

2004: NABC District 7 Coach of the Year.

1996: Naismith National Coach of the Year; The Sporting News National Coach of the Year; Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year.

1994: Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year.

1993: USBWA District I Coach of the Year. Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year.

1992: Eastern Basketball Coach of the Year.

By the numbers


John Calipari's NCAA winning percentage, second only to North Carolina's Roy Williams among active coaches with a minimum of 10 years experience.


The number of coaches in NCAA Division I history to win 30 games in four consecutive seasons. John Calipari's Memphis teams have gone 33-4, 33-4, 38-2 and 33-4 the past four seasons.


The number of coaches in NCAA Division I history to win 400 games in their first 16 seasons as head coach: John Calipari and Roy Williams.


The number of former John Calipari players currently on NBA rosters: Marcus Camby (L.A. Clippers), Rodney Carney (Minnesota), Joey Dorsey (Houston), Chris Douglas-Roberts (New Jersey), Derrick Rose (Chicago), Shawne Williams (Dallas).

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