22 Facts About John Calipari

1. John Calipari was previously the head coach at the University of Massachusetts from 1988 to 1996, the NBA's New Jersey Nets from 1996 to 1999 and the University of Memphis from 2000 to 2009, and was the head coach of the Dominican Republic national team in 2011 and 2012.

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2. John Calipari was born in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh.

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3. John Calipari attended Moon Area High School and graduated in 1978.

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4. John Calipari was a high school point guard who was a fringe division one prospect.

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5. John Calipari lettered two years at UNC Wilmington before transferring to Clarion University of Pennsylvania, from which he graduated with a bachelor's degree in marketing.

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6. From 1982 to 1985, John Calipari was an assistant at the University of Kansas under Ted Owens and Larry Brown.

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7. John Calipari is famous for popularizing the dribble drive motion offense, developed by Vance Walberg, which is sometimes known as the "Memphis Attack".

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8. From 1988 to 1996 at UMass, John Calipari led the Minutemen program to five consecutive Atlantic 10 titles and NCAA Tournament appearances, including periods where the program was ranked first nationally.

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9. John Calipari was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in 1992, 1993, and 1996.

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10. John Calipari helped accelerate the construction of the Mullins Center, UMass' basketball and hockey facility.

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11. John Calipari reached out to eastern Massachusetts and Boston to enlarge the fan base.

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12. In 1997, while coaching the New Jersey Nets, John Calipari directed profanities at Star-Ledger sports reporter Dan Garcia and referred to him as a "Mexican idiot".

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13. John Calipari became head coach at the University of Memphis in 2000.

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14. John Calipari earned seven consecutive postseason bids.

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15. John Calipari built a national program by recruiting blue chip players from the Eastern part of the country, such as Dajuan Wagner from Camden, Darius Washington Jr.

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16. On January 21, 2008, John Calipari led the Tigers to the No 1 ranking in the AP Poll for only the second time in school history.

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17. John Calipari rejected a counter offer by Memphis for Kentucky's 8 year, $31.65 million contract.

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18. On December 21, 2009, John Calipari led the Cats to their 12th victory of the season and the program's 2,000th victory ever.

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19. On February 26, 2011, after Kentucky beat the Florida Gators in Rupp Arena, John Calipari was recognized for his 500th career victory as a Division I men's basketball coach.

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20. John Calipari was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

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21. Additionally, John Calipari starred in the 30 for 30 documentary from ESPN "One and Not Done" which details his professional career.

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22. John Calipari appeared at Governor Andy Beshear's July 9, 2020 press briefing to publicly state his support of the Kentucky statewide mask mandate due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Kentucky stating: "We in our state have done an unbelievable job," John Calipari said.

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