John Calipari closing in on coaching milestone

Mrs. Tyler Thompsonover 2 years

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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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2021-09-19