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John Calipari

  • Sport: Basketball
  • Decade Inducted: 00s

John Calipari is one of the most successful and recognizable basketball coaches in the country. He began his career as an assistant at Kansas in 1982 under Larry Brown. Calipari moved to the University of Pittsburgh in 1985 and remained there for three years as an assistant coach. In 1988, at the age of 29, he was named Head Basketball Coach at the University of Massachusetts. From 1992 to 1996 Calipari’s Minutemen earned 5 straight NCAA berths. His 1995-96 team was ranked #1 for most of the season, compiled an astounding 35-2 record, and went to the Final Four for the first time in the school’s history. Following the 1996 season, Calipari became Head Coach and VP of Basketball Operations of the New Jersey Nets. He led the Nets to the post season for the first time in five years in 1998.

Calipari was the head coach at the University of Memphis from 2000-2009. In 2009, he became the head coach of the University of Kentucky Wildcats. His 2012 team won the NCAA National Championship.

John Calipari Was inducted to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.