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John Calipari closing in on coaching milestone

With the Cats riding a seven-game winning streak and a month and a half until the NCAA Tournament, there’s a lot to look forward to with Kentucky Basketball right now, including a coaching milestone for John Calipari that’s fast approaching.

With 292 wins during his 10-year tenure in Lexington, Calipari is only FIVE wins away from tying Joe B. Hall for the second-most victories by a head coach in program history. Of course, Adolph Rupp has the most, at 876.

Tenure Coach Record %
1930-72 Adolph Rupp 876-190 0.822
1972-85 Joe B. Hall 297-100 0.748
2009–Present John Calipari 292-67 0.813
1997-2007 Tubby Smith 263–83 0.76
1989-97 Rick Pitino 219-50 0.814
1985-89 Eddie Sutton 88–39 0.693
1919-24 George Buchheit 44–27 0.619
1927-30 John Mauer 40-14 0.74
2007-2009 Billy Gillispie 40-27 0.597
1903-09 W. W. H. Mustaine, others 21–35 0.375
1913-15 Alpha Brumage 19-7 0.731
1925-26 Ray Eklund 15–3 0.833
1924-25 Clarence Applegran 13-8 0.619
1911-12 Edwin Sweetland (2nd time) 9-0 1
1917-18 Stanley A. Boles 9-2 0.792
1915-16 James Park 8-6 0.571
1918-19 Andrew Gill 6-8 0.428
1910-11 Harold Iddings 5-6 0.454
1912-13 John J. Tigert 5-3 0.625
1916-17 W. P. Tuttle 4-6 0.4
1909-10 Edwin Sweetland/R. E. Spahr 4-8 0.333
1926-27 Basil Hayden 3–13 0.187

Five games from now, Kentucky hosts No. 1 Tennessee at Rupp Arena. If the Cats take care of business between now and then, a big game could get even bigger.


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20 Comments for John Calipari closing in on coaching milestone

  1. RealCatsFan
    1:46 pm February 1, 2019 Permalink

    Looking at this list, only Coach Sweetland would be able to satisfy some of our fans. 🙂 (1.00 winning percentage)

    • His 2nd tenure only. I guess he learned a lot in the intervening year. Ha!

    • StillBP
      2:23 pm February 1, 2019 Permalink

      yeah BoB still thinks one title is grounds for firing Cal. So irrational.

    • catsarerunnin
      2:50 pm February 1, 2019 Permalink

      That’s because BoB is a douche.

    • BigolBlue
      2:33 am February 2, 2019 Permalink

      So your happy bp never winning titles? Why play then?

    • Ridge Runner
      2:57 pm February 1, 2019 Permalink

      Dang.. how would ya like to be in poor old coach Tigert shoes and follow an undefeated coach? Looks like it got to him a lil…

    • bigbluebanana
      3:36 pm February 1, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah but, how many titles did he win. Cal has only won one, how pathetic!!

    • 4everUKblue
      3:42 pm February 1, 2019 Permalink

      You’re giving douche’s around the world a bad rap by calling BigoldSlaterMedic a douche. Seriously he’s way below a douche.

  2. MikesWay
    1:46 pm February 1, 2019 Permalink

    Math nerd here, but I think Cal’s win percentage is more like 81%, not 77%. Just trying to give my man proper credit!

  3. UKWildcatNation
    1:47 pm February 1, 2019 Permalink

    Calipari’s winning percentage here is wrong!!! 292-67= 81.3% !!! Need to fix this!

  4. unbridled
    1:56 pm February 1, 2019 Permalink

    We are lucky to have him folks. No way around that. Go cats!!

  5. Mathlete
    2:30 pm February 1, 2019 Permalink

    Cal is welcome to stay with us until he tops Rupp’s record, just saying

  6. Ridge Runner
    2:47 pm February 1, 2019 Permalink

    Passing thought… yeah, Tubbys coaching name needs to be in the rafters. Another example.

  7. RAGE
    4:22 pm February 1, 2019 Permalink

    What Cal does year in and year out has been truly remarkable… Especially in this era of basketball… I mean the turnover in all of college basketball is so much greater now… For all teams but ours so much more… Coaches like Cal are truly taken for granted and not truly appreciated until they are gone…

  8. Skooms
    4:34 pm February 1, 2019 Permalink

    Pretty crazy when you look at Cal and Tubby and realize that in the same span of time, Cal has already won 29 more games than Tubby. Could be 40+ by the time the season ends. That’s UNREAL!

  9. bigbluebanana
    4:59 pm February 1, 2019 Permalink

    Tell that to bigolblue, mashburnfan, nomoreexcusescal, and ukprof. Those idiots think Cal and UK suck at life.

  10. davis2319
    10:15 pm February 1, 2019 Permalink

    Love him or hate him, Pitino was dominant here. Calipari is incredible in his own right. Big game tomorrow. NEED IT

  11. BigolBlue
    2:33 am February 2, 2019 Permalink

    Coaching milestone—35 nba draft picks and 1 title. That will never be done again

  12. KYjellyRoll
    11:56 am February 2, 2019 Permalink

    He could end up with the best winning percentage