John Calipari
John Calipari
Celebrated Name: John Calipari
Real Name/Full Name: John Vincent Calipari
Gender: Male
Age: 65 years old
Birth Date: 10 February 1959
Birth Place: Moon, Pennsylvania, United States
Nationality: American
Height: 1.88 m
Weight: 81 kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife/Spouse (Name): Ellen Calipari (m. 1986)
Children/Kids (Son and Daughter): Yes (B. Calipari, Megan Rae Calipari, and Erin Calipari)
Dating/Girlfriend (Name): N/A
Is John Calipari Gay?: No
Profession: Basketball coach
Salary: $9.27 million
Net Worth in 2024: $50 million
Last Updated: February 2024

John Calipari is a well-known basketball coach from America who is the head coach of the University of Kentucky men’s team that won the NCAA Championship in 2012. Calipari has been named Naismith College Coach of the Year three times (in 1996, 2008 and 2015), and Basketball Times Coach of the Year twice.

Maybe you know about John Calipari very well, but do you know how old and tall is he, and what is his net worth in 2024? If you do not know, we have prepared this article about details of John Calipari’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life & Biography

John Vincent Calipari was born on February 10, 1959, in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, in an Italian Family. He went to the Moon Area High School. He later attended UNC Wilmington for two years before shifting to the Clarion University of Pennsylvania from where he completed his bachelor’s degree in marketing. He completed his final two years of college from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Personal Life

Calipari has been married to his wife Ellen since 1986. Together, they are the parents of two daughters, Erin, who is a neuropharmacologist, and Megan, a French pastry chef. They also have a son Brad, who played for Kentucky for two seasons.

He holds dual citizenship with the U.S. and Italy. He lives happily with his family in Los Angeles.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 10 February 1959, John Calipari is 65 years old as of today’s date 25th February 2024. His height is 1.88 m tall, and his weight is 81 kg.


John Calipari started his coaching career in 1982 when he was an assistant under Ted Owens at the University of Kansas. He did various odd jobs as an assistant, including serving food at the training table. In 1985, Calipari was an assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh. The following year, he was made the head coach at the University of Massachusetts. From 1996 to 1999, he was an Executive VP of basketball operations for the NBA’s New Jersey Nets.

Calipari is popular for creating the dribble drive motion offense, which is also called “Memphis attack.” He has been a part of 22 seasons as a head coach and has a record of 667–194. His official record in the NCAA tournament is 38–12 (.760). His team has appeared in the NCAA tournament 15 times and has reached the Sweet Sixteen 12 times, the Elite Eight 10 times, the Final Four six times, and won the NCAA Championship Game thrice.

He has a record of 21 20-win as a college coach. Calipari is one of only four coaches in NCAA Division I history to coach three different schools to a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament. His “Platoon System” is considered one of the most important defensive weapons in basketball, which he introduced in 2014.

Since 2009, he has been recruiting players for the high school basketball tournaments. He has been able to bring in elite talent to the game, which has helped his team to win several championships. From 2002 to 2018, he coached 25 players, and all of them were drafted in the first round of the NBA draft.

In 2019, Calipari signed a “lifetime” contract with the Kentucky Wildcats, and a lifetime paid ambassadorship when he retires.

Awards & Achievements

John Calipari has won several awards and recognition in his illustrious career. In 2004, he was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. In 2015, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

In the 2015-2016 NCAA basketball season, Calipari became one of the only six active coaches to be enshrined. In 2011, after his team defeated Florida Gators, he was recognized with his 500th career victory as a Division I men’s basketball coach. As of 2002, Calipari ranks 23rd on the NCAA Division 1 all-time winningest coaches list.

Calipari has been named Basketball Times Coach of the Year twice (1996, 2015), SEC Coach of the Year four times (2010, 2012, 2015, 2020), and A10 Coach of the Year thrice (1993, 1994, 1996).

Net Worth & Salary of John Calipari in 2024

John Calipari Net Worth
John Calipari Net Worth

John Calipari has an estimated net worth of more than $50 million as of February 2024. He has made this huge fortune through his successful career as a basketball coach.

In 2009, Calipari signed an eight-year contract with the Kentucky Wildcats worth $34.65 million. After the 2012 season, he signed a revised contract with Kentucky, which increased his annual salary of $9.8 million and made him one of the most highly compensated college basketball coaches in the country.

Calipari has written several books such as “Bounce Back: Overcoming Setbacks to Succeed in Business and in Life” in 2009 and “Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out” in 2014. He also starred in the 30 for 30 documentaries, “One and Not Done,” which was aired on the ESPN network.

John Calipari is considered one of the most renowned and outstanding basketball coaches in the world. For his contribution to the game, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. He is a role model and inspiration to the upcoming players of basketball.


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