Thursday, April 9, 2015

John Calipari Named Adolph Rupp Coach of the Year

UK head coach John Calipari was named Adolph Rupp Coach of the Year earlier this week.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky coach John Calipari has been named Adolph Rupp Coach of the Year by the Commonwealth Athletic Club of Kentucky.

He was also previously named Naismith, Sporting News, Associated Press and the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ National Coach of the Year.

Calipari is the first two-time winner of Rupp Coach of the Year, as he earned the honor in 2010.

The winner was selected by the CAC of Kentucky’s voting panel, which is made up of national media members as well as active and retired Division I coaches.

Calipari led UK to a 38-1 record this season, tied for the NCAA single-season wins record. Calipari’s 2007-08 Memphis team and 2011-12 Kentucky team were the only other teams to win 38 games in a season.

Kentucky reached its second straight Final Four and the fourth in the last five years. Kentucky was the first team to enter the Final Four undefeated since 1991.

Kentucky has spent 19 straight weeks at No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 this season, tied for the fourth-longest streak in NCAA history. UK now owns the NCAA Division I record for most appearances at No. 1 in the AP poll in a single season at 19.

Calipari was named Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year by the AP for the third time in his career earlier this season.

On Monday, Calipari was announced as a 2015 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. His enshrinement will take place in September.

Calipari will be awarded the Rupp Coach of the Year award on a date to be determined in a ceremony that will take place on the UK campus.

The Commonwealth Athletic Club also named Willie Cauley-Stein a first team All-American.

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