Calipari Named Naismith Coach Of The Year

Calipari is one of five coaches in NCAA Division I history to lead two different programs to a No. 1 national ranking


April 9, 2008

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - John Calipari was named Naismith National Coach of the Year by The Atlanta Tipoff Club on Wednesday.

The Memphis coach led the Tigers to the NCAA title game where they lost 75-68 in overtime to Kansas.

It's the second Naismith award for Calipari, who won in 1996 after leading Massachusetts to the Final Four.

Memphis won 38 games and was ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the AP poll for a school-record 16 straight weeks.

Calipari is one of five coaches in NCAA Division I history to lead two different programs to a No. 1 national ranking. The others were Frank McGuire, Ralph Miller, Roy Williams and Eddie Sutton.

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