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."
Metz Camfield is the editor of CoachCal.com and oversees Coach Calipari’s social media platforms. Before CoachCal.com, Camfield was an assistant media relations director at Ole Miss, serving as the primary sports information director for the volleyball and softball programs for two seasons before moving on to becoming an assistant contact with football and the primary contact for baseball. He was also the website coordinator for OleMissSports.com. Prior to his time at Ole Miss, Camfield, a Kentucky graduate, worked in the media relations department at UK for two years. During his time at UK he worked with the men’s and women’s basketball programs, as well as cross country, track and field, men’s and women’s golf, swimming and diving and women’s tennis. Camfield also wrote for the Kentucky Kernel, UK’s daily, student-run newspaper, where he was an assistant sports editor and the men’s basketball beat writer.
Eric Lindsey is the editor of CoachCal.com and oversees Coach Calipari’s social media platforms. Before CoachCal.com, Lindsey was a writer at UKAthletics.com. Lindsey served as the primary developer in the University of Kentucky’s push to integrate new and social media into the athletics department. He conceptualized, directed and wrote for “Cat Scratches,” UK Athletics’ official blog, covering men’s and women’s basketball and football in their entirety, as well as in-depth and unprecedented access into all of Kentucky’s 22 sports through features, game stories and more. Lindsey has written for the Lexington Herald-Leader, freelanced for several publications, including the San Diego Union Tribune, and was a former managing and sports editor at the Kentucky Kernel, UK's daily, student-run newspaper.
Chad Hobson is co-owner of Rocker, the Lexington, Kentucky-based technology consultancy responsible for managing and producing the creative, video, and technical aspects of CoachCal.com. If you see Coach Cal out and about in public and this face is nearby with a camera, be sure to say "hi!"... you may end up in the next video feature.
Chris Reynolds is a freelance photographer for CoachCal.com. Born and raised in Lexington, Ky., Reynolds attended the University of Kentucky where he worked as a photographer for the Kentucky Kernel. Since then Reynolds has been published in several music and sports publications.
Ken Howlett is the editor of the popular UK blog "A Sea of Blue" (aseaofblue.com) and co-hosts "Wildcat Wednesday," a weekly University of Kentucky radio program on 1340 WBGN in Bowling Green, Ky. He is also a contributing writer to "Wildcat Tip-Off," a UK basketball yearbook published by Maple Street Press.
Guy Ramsey serves as director of strategic communications at the University of Kentucky, where he oversees the social media efforts of UK Athletics. He manages and writes for “Cat Scratches,” the official blog of UK Athletics, covering all 22 of the Kentucky’s varsity sports.
Tim Asher is in his 14th year as the Wildcats' basketball video coordinator after serving the previous 12 seasons as the team's traveling videographer. In his role, Asher oversees all of the basketball program's video needs, including maintaining the Wildcats' sophisticated editing system. He has also been the lead on "This is Kentucky Basketball" coach's show, shooting all behind-the-scenes aspects as well as the majority of the Q&A's, Inside the Play segments and more.