John Calipari Biography

A "players-first" coach with a penchant for helping people reach their dreams, John Calipari, a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, has guided six teams to the Final Four, led one to a national championship and helped 39 players earn selection in the NBA Draft during his 24-year college coaching career.

From UMass to Memphis and now Kentucky, Calipari's career has been successful throughout, but his most recent run in Lexington has been the best stretch of his career.

In advancing to the 2015 Final Four, Coach Cal became one of just three coaches all-time to make four Final Fours in a five-year span, joining Mike Krzyzewski and John Wooden as the other coaches to achieve that feat. Twice at UK (in 2012 and in 2015) his teams have won 38 games, tying his 2008 Memphis team for the most wins in college basketball history.

At the end of the 2014-15 season, Calipari became the 96th coach to join the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, considered to be one of the ultimate achievements in the game.

John Calipari won his first national championship in 2012.

Calipari reached the mountaintop in his third year in Lexington, guiding Kentucky to its eighth national championship and his first national title. He is one of only two coaches to lead three different schools to a Final Four (UMass-1996; Memphis-2008; Kentucky-2011, 2012, 2014, 2015).

The Wildcats rode the trademark hard-nosed Calipari defense to the 2012 title, finishing the season as the nation's top-ranked team in field-goal percentage defense and blocked shots.

Kentucky lost three members of its 2011 Final Four team (two to the draft, one to graduation), but Calipari reloaded with the nation's top-ranked recruiting class for the third straight season. Included in the class were eventual National Player of the Year Anthony Davis and All-American Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

En route to the national championship, Calipari guided the Wildcats to an NCAA record-tying 38 wins, a perfect 16-0 mark in the Southeastern Conference and an SEC Tournament championship, all while extending his winning streak in Rupp Arena to 51 straight games. Calipari later extended his perfect mark at home as UK's coach to 54 games before finally losing in his fourth year at Kentucky.

The honors continued after the 2009-10 season as Calipari became the first coach in UK history to receive the Adolph Rupp National Coach of the Year award. He then watched as five of his players were selected in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft, the first time a school has ever produced five first-round picks in a single draft. Among those picks was the first Wildcat ever taken as the No. 1 overall pick, John Wall.

Calipari's foundation, The Calipari Foundation, has raised millions of dollars to help the lives of those in need in the Commonwealth and across the country, and in 2010, he used a telethon to raise more than $1 million for victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. He followed that up with another telethon in 2012 that raised $1 million for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Author of five books, including the New York Times bestseller Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out and his latest Success is the Only Option: The Art of Coaching Extreme Talent, Calipari is a master of communication and maximizing talent. He lives by the motto "that it's never a matter of how far you have fallen, but instead it's about how high you bounce back."

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John Calipari Videos

John Calipari Interview on Bracketology (ESPN) - 2017 NCAA Tournament
John Calipari Interview on Bracketology (ESPN) - 2017 NCAA Tournament
John Calipari
John Calipari
John Calipari speech at UK Alumni Luncheon in Louisville
John Calipari speech at UK Alumni Luncheon in Louisville

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John Calipari is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Faith & Religion, Basketball and Sports Motivation. The estimated speaking fee range to book John Calipari for live events is $50,000 - $100,000. Please contact us for virtual event fees. John Calipari generally travels from Lexington, KY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Magic Johnson, Roy Williams and Pat Williams. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling John Calipari for an upcoming event.

John Calipari Videos

John Calipari Interview on Bracketology (ESPN) - 2017 NCAA Tournament
John Calipari Interview on Bracketology (ESPN) - 2017 NCAA Tournament
John Calipari
John Calipari
John Calipari speech at UK Alumni Luncheon in Louisville
John Calipari speech at UK Alumni Luncheon in Louisville

John Calipari Speaking Topics

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  • Leadership Development

  • Team Building Strategies

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Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like John Calipari for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for John Calipari, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for John Calipari or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book John Calipari?

Booking fees for John Calipari, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire John Calipari, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for John Calipari?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like John Calipari for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book John Calipari for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent John Calipari or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for John Calipari or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


John Calipari is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Faith & Religion, Basketball and Sports Motivation. The estimated speaking fee range to book John Calipari for live events is $50,000 - $100,000. Please contact us for virtual event fees. John Calipari generally travels from Lexington, KY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Magic Johnson, Roy Williams and Pat Williams. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling John Calipari for an upcoming event.

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