In the world of sports, there is no good game without a good coach. And when it comes to trainers, especially in basketball, a few names storm the Hall of Fame. One of them is John Calipari, he is without a doubt one of the very best.
The Hall of Famer has a long list of achievements and honors that honor his name. For example, he was voted Basketball Times Coach of the Year twice (1996, 2015) and NABC Coach of the Year three times (1996, 2009, 2015), to name but a few. Coach Cal would agree, however, that his greatest accomplishment is helping men who want to become professional basketball players create the NBA Draft. While few coaches could boast of having two number one elections in the NBA, Cal has produced up to four number one elections in total.
John Calipari Age and Early Life
John Calipari is the renowned head coach of the University of Kentucky Wildcats. He was born on February 10, 1959, the son of a family of five in Moon Township, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His parents Vince Calipari and Donna Calipari have two other children, Terri Calipari and Lea Calipari.
The basketball coach is said to be of Italian descent. He graduated from Moon Area High School in 1978, where he received his early education and his first shot at basketball. He then earned a degree in marketing at Clarion State College. During his studies, he played for the Clarion State Eagles.
John had a strong desire to excel in life. Once he bought a trailer and rented it to save money for his college fees. He often wrote motivational quotes and stuck them on the wall of his dorm room. Fortunately, all those encouraging words and the resilience finally paid off.
This coach has written about five books. One of his books is entitled “Players First”: Coaching from the Inside Out” became a New York Times bestseller.
His Net Worth
Coach Calipari’s net worth screams for over $15 million. His first salary as a trainer was $1,490,000 in 2000, and this has grown over the years. He currently boasts an incredible salary of $7.14 million.
John has a variety of possessions and assets. In 2000, he purchased a 6,918 square foot, five-bedroom home with an outdoor basketball court and tennis court in Memphis, Tennessee, at a price that he sold for twice the price in 2009. He has a foundation called “The Calipari Foundation” which helps raise funds to help the less privileged in all parts of the country. In 2010, the foundation made a donation to help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. The victims of Hurricane Sandy also benefited from the goodwill of “The Calipari Foundation”.
Coach Cal’s Family – Wife, Son, and Daughter
John Calipari has an interesting family. His wife, Ellen Calipari, is a skilled woodworker. She fits perfectly into a profession that most people would consider a male. She can make everything out of wood. Call it simple; tables, chairs, coffee tables, bookcases, desks, cupboards, etc.
Ellen is an enchanting combination of strength, beauty, and sophistication. The couple met in Kansas when John was just an assistant basketball coach, while Ellen worked as a secretary. They married 3 years later, on June 22, 1986, and the couple has three lovely children: Megan Rae, Erin Sue, and Bradley Vincent – the famous basketball player who also plays for the Kentucky Wildcats. That’s right! Brad Calipari is his son. Surprised? It is only natural that a wildcat breeds one of his kind.
The basketball player grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. He attended MacDuffie High School, where he majored in pre-marketing. He is also known for his mastery of the sport. What can we say about this? He just took it after the old man.
Height and Body Features
John looks quite good even at his age, the horoscope shows that he is Aquarius. The trainer stands high at a height of 6 feet 2 which is 1.88 m. It is no surprise since most basketball players are known for their ability to outdo people with their insane physique. This explains why they can throw a ball into such a high loop and bounce it off. Coach Calipari has brown eyes. His hair color is what we would like to call “salt and pepper”.