Head Coach of 2012 NCAA National Basketball Champions, the University of Kentucky Wildcats
A “players-first” coach with a penchant for helping people reach their dreams, John Calipari has guided sixv college basketball teams to the Final Four, led one to a national championship and helped 31 players make it to the NBA during his 22-year college coaching career. He is one of only two coaches to lead three different universities to a Final Four. Calipari became the first coach in University of Kentucky history to receive the Adolph Rupp National Coach of the Year award. In his inaugural season as head coach of the Wildcats, he posted his fifth straight 30-win season, the only coach in NCAA Division I history to do so. He has been named the Associated Press SEC Coach of the Year, Sports Illustrated National Coach of the Year and holds numerous records for wins. His charitable foundation, The Calipari Foundation, has raised millions in funds to help those in need in Kentucky and across the U.S. He has also led the EverFi Financial Literacy program, which teaches students about money management. He is the author of New York Times bestseller, “Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out” and “Bounce Back: Overcoming Setbacks to Succeed in Business and in Life."