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UK coach to be inducted into Naismith Hall of Fame

Has more than 600 career wins

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 6, 2015) — University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari will be among 11 members of the 2015 Class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the organization announced today.

John Calipari
John Calipari

Calipari coached Kentucky to a 38-1 record this year and a trip to the Final Four. In his six seasons at UK Calipari has gone 190-38, winning the 2012 National Championship and reaching the Final Four on four occasions. Calipari is 22-4 in the NCAA Tournament at Kentucky. Overall, Calipari is 635-178, having coached UMass from 1988 to 1996 and Memphis from 2000 to 2009.

Calipari is a two-time Naismith College Coach of the Year (1996, 2009), three-time National Association of Basketball Coaches Coach of the Year (1996, 2009, 2015) and nine-time Conference Coach of the Year (1993,1994,1996, 2006, 2008-10, 2012, 2015). He won five Atlantic 10 regular season championships and five tournament championships at UMass, four Conference USA championships, three C-USA Tournament and the 2002 NIT Tournament at Memphis and three SEC regular season championships and three SEC Tournament championships at Kentucky.

Overall, he had led his teams to eight Elite Eight Appearances (2006, 2007, 2009-12, 2014, 2015) and four NCAA Final Four appearances (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015).