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A “players-first” coach with a penchant for helping people reach their dreams, John Calipari has guided five teams to the Final Four, led one to a national championship and helped 29 players make it to the NBA during his 22-year college coaching career. Coach Cal, who just completed his fifth season at the helm of the Kentucky basketball program, reached the mountaintop in his third year in Lexington, guiding Kentucky to its eighth national championship and his first national title. In becoming only the second coach in NCAA history to lead three different schools to the Final Four, he has racked up nearly 600 victories, 15 NCAA Tournament appearances, five Final Fours and numerous national coach of the year honors. Calipari has sent 31 players to the NBA, including a record five first-round picks in the 2010 NBA Draft and a record six picks in the 2012 NBA Draft. He's coached three No. 1 overall picks, more than any other coach. His foundation, The Calipari Foundation, has raised millions of dollars millions of dollars to help the lives of those in need in the Commonwealth and across the country. Calipari is author of the New York Times Best Seller "Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out."
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Tony Barbee, a former player and assistant under John Calipari, has rejoined his mentor’s staff, now at the University of Kentucky. The former Auburn and UTEP head coach will take over the special assistant to the head coach position that was vacated by Rod Strickland when he took an assistant position with Orlando Antigua’s staff at South Florida.