Last week USA Today ranked the 6 hardest coaching jobs in sports and the head coach of Kentucky basketball came in third on the list, behind the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees. John Calipari caught wind of the list over the holidays and he responded on his official website today, saying, “I’m not sure it’s the hardest sports job, but this is one of the best.”
Coach Cal listed the four things that make his job difficult and then spun them to why they’re also what makes the job so great. He has this to say in closing:
It took me 20 years to get to a position like this. If you want me to talk about the fact that I walked uphill with holes in my shoes to school I can, but the reality is we all have a story to tell. This was a 20-year journey for me that I’m very proud of and grateful for, but I’m not going to say my job is tougher than any other job because I know how hard they all are.
There are things at coaching jobs across our state and across the country that are just as tough as this one, but I will tell you there is no better position to be in if you want to touch the people around you, from the fans, to the staff, to the players, the community, program and university. We deal with a lot here at Kentucky, but they are all things that make this worthwhile and satisfying.