John Calipari

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Hire a Motivational Speaker like a successful Head Coach and Sports Motivational Speaker, John Calipari expects excellence and he gets every bit of it out of his players at the University of Kentucky. John has been on quite a basketball journey coaching at the college level as well as in the NBA. In his career as a head coach he has led several successful teams at the University of Massachusetts, the New Jersey Nets and the University of Memphis before signing on with the Kentucky Wildcats in 2009. John has coached many current NBA greats including: Anthony Davis, John Wall, Derrick Rose, Brandon Knight, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe and Tyreke Evans.

After assistant coaching stints with Kansas and Pittsburgh, John landed his first head coaching position at UMASS in 1988. In his 8 seasons with UMASS, he led the Minuteman to five consecutive Atlantic 10 titles, five NCAA appearances and a Final Four appearance in 1996. The NBA came calling and John tested the waters with the New Jersey Nets from 1996-1999. Yet John knew he could be of more service to young, upcoming athletes who needed guidance not only in the game of basketball but in life.

In 2000, John joined the Memphis Tigers and soon led them to four straight seasons of 30 or more wins. During the 2011-2012 season, John led his Kentucky Wildcats to an unbelievable 38-2 season and national championship victory. He has been the Naismith College Coach of the Year twice (1996 and 2008), Atlantic 10 (1993, 1994, 1996) and Conference USA (2006, 2008 and 2009) Coach of the Year three times and SEC Coach of the Year twice (2010, 2012).

John has written autobiographical accounts of his journey as head coach entitled, Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out, Bounce Back: Overcoming Setbacks to Succeed in Business, Refuse to Lose and Basketball’s Half Court-Offense. In 2012, John started the Calipari Foundation Inc. in order to support charitable causes throughout the state of Kentucky. His mission is to provide leadership, education and developmental needs for struggling communities and for those people to pay it forward to other communities in the future.

Hire a Motivational Speaker like John who uses his lessons from the sidelines to teach audiences about commitment, respect and responsibility.