Coach Cal gets ‘Final Word’



On Wednesday night, Coach Calipari gets the final word. And he won’t  be talk ing about just basketball.

Coach Calipari is scheduled to speak at Final Word: Coach Calipari, a Student Activities Board event, sponsored by the Engaging Issues Committee. The Final Word series this semester will host a broad array of speakers including UK professors and faculty members.“The Final Word series is a homegrown series SAB has been doing for a while. It gives professors and other UK faculty the chance to talk about a topic of their choosing,” said Jill Baranowski, Student Activities Board Director of Engaging Issues.

Coach Calipari will be the first Final Word speaker of the school year. He will be lecturing on his new book, “Bounce Back,” which addresses the topics of overcoming setbacks to succeed in business and in life.  He will also preview the upcoming basketball season.

“I chose Coach Cal because I thought it would be a nice way to start of the Final Word Series.” Baranowski said.  “Everyone is familiar with him and many admire him. He has had great life experiences that I hope the students can connect with.”

Coach Calipari came to UK in March 2009, and  made history by leading UK to be the first basketball program with 2,000 wins.

Baranowski hopes students will get to see a new side of the familiar coach.

“Coach Cal will most certainly have an inspirational message and will get to connect with campus on a new level.”

Final Word: Coach Calipari will be held Wednesday, September 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Tickets are free. Students must present a valid UK student I.D. to the Student Center Ticket Office to obtain their free ticket. Tickets are limited.