03/12/12
 

John Calipari's wife Ellen Calipari and John Calipari's daughters

 

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To many John Calipari represents all that is wrong with college basketball. For starters Calipari turned a Umass program that hadn't been heard from since the Dr. J days into a national powerhouse (remember "Refuse to Lose"). Only later did we come to find out that the star player Marcus Camby was taking payouts and getting hookers sent to his room by an agent. As soon as the scandal broke and Calipari got wind of this he took off for the NBA saying it was his "dream job". I don't know anyone who would call coaching the New Jersey Nets their dream job but so be it. After an awful tenure in NJ in which he called a Mexican reporter a "Mexican idiot" Coach Cal eventually ended up back at the University of Memphis where he took another program from the bottom, almost to the top, and then left right before the program was to be put on possible probation. Now at Kentucky and again leading another #1 team in the nation many feel it is only a matter of time before Coach Cal gets caught again and books it.......again.

But forget all this because I'm here to defend the man. And the best way to defend a man is to start with his family. While Coach Cal may leave every college program at the first sign of trouble he has stood by his wife for over two decades. Ellen and John met way back when John was an assistant coach at Kansas (under Larry Brown). Ellen worked at Kansas as well and while it wasn't love at first site, eventually romance blossomed and Ellen followed John from city, to city, to city, to city. Like many wives of college basketball coaches Ellen considers herself a mother to all of John's players. She has an open door policy for all players to stop by her house and always tries to remember every birthday.

We wouldn't be doing this post justice however without talking about Coach Cal's children. First their only son Bradley. Ok, enough about him. Next we have the two daughters. First we have Erin, who lives in the Winston Salem area after having attended Wake Forest for grad school. Got to love a girl that can rock the red hair. Then Magen. Seriously these two might be the best thing Coach Cal has given us, and this is coming from someone who owned 12 different versions of the refuse to lose T-shirt.

John Calipari's wife Ellen Calipari and John Calipari's daughters, 6.3 out of 10 based on 39 ratings

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11 Responses to “John Calipari's wife Ellen Calipari and John Calipari's daughters”

  1. Roy Roberts

    Good Morning from Paducah Ky... I want to thank you for being a great wife and supporter of your husband and kids / players.. I want to thnak Coach Cal for bringing back the Kentucky program with class. I'm 39 and i served our military until i got hurt and had to get out in 2007, i had 12 years and love it and everytime our team played i either recored it had tapes sent me or found a way to watch it. I never miss a game as i love my team. But what makes me more of a fan than anyhting is knowing that you and coach cal takes care of the players like they are your own... I want to thank you and i wish you and ZCoah Cal the best...

    Thank you
    Roy

  2. Brian Simpkins

    I was trying to find a way to contact Mr. Calipari about a 17 year old Ozark Mo. Student Brett Krisik that has been mentioned in post to be a young Davis.
    http://southwestmissouribasketball.com/issue/summer-basketball-watch/article/ozark-s-krisik-an-inside-outside-threat

  3. garry fields

    hi just wanted to say how proud I am to be wildcat fan geat job coach and you have a great family

  4. Anonymous

    DID YOU KISS JOHN? WHEN YOU AND JOHN KISS?
    I WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOU AND JOHN KISS?

  5. TRACI BIGHAM

    DID YOU KNOW YOUR HUSBAND AND FATHER JOHN CALIPARI COACH MY MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM?

  6. TRACI BIGHAM

    DID YOU KNOW YOUR HUSBAND JOHN CALIPARI COACH MY MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM? DID YOU KNOW YOUR FATHER COACH MY MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM-
    KENTUCKY WILDCATS! I LIKE BLUE AND
    WHITE AND KENTUCKY WILDCATS AND
    YOUR HUSBAND AND FATHER AS FRIEND
    AND FAN AND I'M BIGGEST FAN OF YOUR
    HUSBAND AND FATHER! YOUR BIGGEST
    FAN TRACI BIGHAM

  7. TRACI BIGHAM

    I WOULD LIKE MY MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM- KENTUCKY WILDCATS WIN EVERY GAME! BUT THEY HAVE TO LOSE ONCE IN A WHILE! I'M VERY PROUD OF MY MEN'S
    BASKETBALL TEAM-KENTUCKY WILDCATS! I'M VERY PROUD TO HAVE
    YOUR HOUSBAND AND FATHER TO COACH MY MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM-
    KENTUCKY WILDCATS! YOUR BIGGEST
    FAN TRACI BIGHAM RUSSELL MICHAEL
    RUSSELL'S WIFE

  8. TRACI BIGHAM

    I HAVE UNCLE NAME FARON RANCE DRIVER WHO LIKE THEM TOO. HE' THEIR BIGGEST FAN TOO. ME AND MY UNCLE
    FARON IS YOUR BIGGEST FANS! ME AND
    MY UNCLE FARON CHEER OUR TEAM! WE
    LIKE KENTUCKY WILDCATS VERY MUCH!
    WE LIKE YOUR HUSBAND AND FATHER
    AS A FRIENDS AND FANS. YOUR BIGGEST FAN TRACI BIGHAM

  9. TRACI BIGHAM

    I LIKE YOUR HUSBAND AND FATHER JOHN
    CALIPARI AS MY FRIEND AND COACH FOR
    MY TEAM KENTUCKY WILDCATS.
    YOUR HUSBAND AND FATHER
    JOHN CALIPARI IS GOOD
    COACH FOR MY TEAM KENTUCKY
    WILDCATS! TRACI BIGHAM

  10. ruth Bradford

    E mail me please! My friend had hip surgery @ was out of hospital in one day! Think coach. You will b very. Pleased with this type of surgery!

  11. Anonymous

    What type of hip surgery do you have and be out in one day??

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