The ladies of the Big Blue Nation were out in full force Sunday night for John Calipari’s annual Women’s Clinic. A record-breaking 651 women packed Memorial Coliseum and the Joe Craft Center for the clinic, which sold out in just two days and featured a line full of ladies lined up as early as noon, four hours before doors opened.
The Dominican Republic National Team, which Antigua took over after Calipari stepped down from his two-year reign, qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Championships in Spain with an 86-78 victory over Uruguay on Sunday at the 2013 FIBA America Championship in Caracas, Venezuela. The Dominicans are headed to the World Championships for the first time since 1978.
My staff – everyone from the assistant coaches to our strength and conditioning staff, our trainers, our media relations staff, our managers and so forth – is instrumental in what we do here on a daily basis. It takes a village to do this job right, and without them, we couldn’t do what we do here at Kentucky.
Orlando Antigua, assistant coach at the University of Kentucky and an assistant on the Dominican Republic national team for the last two seasons, will take over the reins from Calipari and lead the Caribbean nation as its next head coach. Antigua was officially announced as the new head coach Thursday morning.
In the latest CoachCal.com Mailbag, John Calipari talks about the Big Blue Nation’s support in good times and in bad, AAU basketball, what his players say to him after they have left college, and who the best player is on the coaching staff.
Lane Goodwin, a die-hard Kentucky fan and native of Beech Grove, Ky., was the source of a viral Facebook campaign – “Thumbs Up For Lane” – to raise awareness for pediatric cancer. The campaign lived on Monday in Lane Goodwin’s memory through his father and family. A series of unlikely and heart-touching events brought George Goodwin to Lexington to serve as an assistant for the Kentucky basketball team for a day.
John Calipari sat down with a a group of reporters last month in a roundtable discussion to discuss his new team, following a national championship, his legacy and more. Over the next four days, CoachCal.com will post the entirety of that one-hour session. Today we continue the four-part Q and A with bringing back former players, Kyle Wiltjer’s time with the Canadian national team, recharging the batteries and how Calipari filters criticism.
Harrison notched 22 points and a career-high seven rebounds in the win over Eastern Michigan and a career-high four assists Sunday night at the Barclays Center against Providence.