Paperback Books by John Calipari

John Calipari is the author of Success Is the Only Option (2016), Players First (2014), Swim to the Buoy (2014), Bounce Back (2009), Refuse to Lose (1996) and , Basketball's Half-court Offense (1996).

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Success Is the Only Option

release date: Nov 15, 2016
Success Is the Only Option
Kentucky’s charismatic coach shares the secrets of creating one of the premiere programs in college basketball, revealing how he transforms a group of former high school superstars into selfless, cohesive teams—including a remarkable squad last year that fell just one game short of a perfect season. Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari is known for his unparalleled ability to recruit the nation’s best young players, some of whom will spend just one year with him before going to the NBA, and convincing them to commit to the team without sacrificing their personal goals. It is a promise he makes to them: "Fully invest in the present—and each other—and I guarantee it will serve your future." Here, for the first time, he distills his team-building methods in ways that apply to CEOs, business owners, coaches, teachers and leaders of all kinds—lessons for anyone seeking to inspire talented individuals to reach for their best selves and contribute to a greater good. A basketball team is an intimate workplace, in which blend is everything and character matters. As such, it is a window into the nature of successful leadership. Calipari views each new team like a startup business—one composed of new players, new relationships, and new challenges. Each season is a series of discoveries as he learns how to unleash the extreme talent in each of his players and mold them into championship material as college basketball comes to a crescendo every spring. While he can’t control everything, he is responsible for everything—just like a CEO. An enlightening look at leadership, management, and team building, Success Is the Only Option offers the keys to winning, on and off the court.

Players First

release date: Apr 15, 2014
Players First
Now with a new chapter on the Wildcats'' legendary comeback in the 2014 Final Four John Calipari, one of the most successful coaches in NCAA history, presents the world of college basketball from the coach''s chair, unvarnished and straight from the heart. Players First is Calipari''s account of his first six years coaching the University of Kentucky men''s team, leading it to a national championship in 2012 and the championship game in 2014, all while dealing with the realities of the "one-and-done" mentality and an NCAA that sometimes seems to put players last. Filled with revelatory stories about what it takes to succeed at the highest level of the college game, Players First is a candid look at the great players and rivalries that have filled Calipari''s life with joy and a sense of purpose.

Swim to the Buoy

release date: Jan 15, 2014
Swim to the Buoy
Coach Cal shares why every man, woman, and child needs to find mentors lots of them! Coach John Calipari, head basketball coach at the University of Kentucky, calls his mentors his "Kitchen Cabinet." Growing up in sports and later as a college and NBA basketball coach, John learned how to be successful in coaching and in life through the many lessons he learned from his mentors. In Swim to the Buoy, he shares that mentors are like lifebuoys: sometimes you need them when you''re drowning in a situation, sometimes you need them for sound advice, and other times you just need to bounce your ideas off someone. Coach Cal outlines a proven strategy that anyone can follow to be the kind of person that mentors want to help. He strongly encourages his readers to recognize when a buoy is being thrown their way. Students, parents, and even business people can learn how to get to the next level in life by swimming to the buoy!

Bounce Back

release date: Sep 01, 2009
Bounce Back
An award-winning college basketball coach shares motivational guidelines for resurrecting one''s career after being fired or suffering other professional setbacks, explaining how to turn disappointments into opportunities while embracing a positive attitude.

Refuse to Lose

release date: Jan 01, 1996
Refuse to Lose
The inspiring and motivational inside story of 1996 UMass Minutemen coach John Calipari details his winning philosophy, "Refuse to Lose," which led the team, for the first time in their history, to the Final Four and resulted in professional and personal victory.

Basketball's Half-court Offense

release date: Jan 01, 1996
Basketball's Half-court Offense
Whether your team is trying to win its first game of the high school season or preparing to take the floor for the national championship, you need to have a multitude of options for your offense. John Calipari brings winning one step closer with his tried-and-true collection of offensive plays. Presented in an easy-to-follow format with diagrams for reference, this book is a must for coaches looking to optimize their half-court game. John Calipari took the basketball program at the University of Massachusetts from one of the country''s worst and made it into one of the elite, a program with legitimate national championship aspirations. A new state-of-the-art facility, the perpetually sold-out William D. Mullins Center; five straight Atlantic 10 regular-season titles; five straight A-10 Tourney titles; five straight NCAA appearances; trips to the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight; and 1996''s trip to the Final Four sent a clear message to the basketball world: besides developing some outstanding UMass teams, John Calipari also built a winning program. He has also served as head coach of the New Jersey Nets.
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