JOHN CALIPARI RECEIVES 2009 PHELAN AWARD
April 3, 2009
Check out the 2009 Award
presented to John Calipari
(MA) -- After guiding Memphis to an impressive 31-3
record, John Calipari was named the winner of the 2009
Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year award.
“What Coach Cal has done, over the past few seasons at
Memphis, is nothing short of remarkable,” says
CollegeInsider.com’s Matt Drake. “Memphis’ dominance
of C-USA has been unmatched. Going three seasons
without losing a conference game is just ridiculous.”
Calipari guided the Tigers to a 31-3 overall record
and a No. 2 seed in the West Region of the 2009 NCAA
Tournament. It is the fourth-straight year the Tigers
earned a No. 1 or No. 2 seed, and Memphis is the only
school in the nation to have a top-two seed each of
the last four years (2006-09).
Memphis' 31-3 record marks the four-consecutive year
Calipari has directed his squad to a 30-win campaign.
He is the first coach in NCAA Division I history to
have four-straight 30-win seasons, and is also the
winningest head coach in a four-year span in NCAA
history with 135 victories from 2006-present.
2008-09 marked the third straight season Calipari’s
team had a streak of 25 or more consecutive wins.
Memphis is the only program in NCAA Division I history
to have three-straight years with at least a 25-game
Memphis also completed a third-consecutive perfect
season in Conference USA play. The Tigers posted a
16-0 regular season record for the third year in a row
and swept the league's regular season and tournament
titles for the fourth-consecutive season. Memphis ran
its overall C-USA win streak to 61 games (regular
season and tournament), which is the second longest in
NCAA Division I history. The program's 49-game C-USA
regular season win streak is also the second longest
in NCAA history.
“John has been doing a great job for years and this
season is no exception,” says Jim Phelan. “He is one
of the best coaches in the game today and is very
deserving of National Coach of the Year honors.”
The finalists for the 2009 were Jim Calhoun
(Connecticut), JOHN CALIPARI, Jamie Dixon
(Pittsburgh), Darrin Horn (South Carolina), Trent
Johnson (LSU), Lorenzo Romar (Washington), Bill Self
(Kansas), Brad Stevens (Butler), Bruce Weber
(Illinois) and Roy Williams (North Carolina).
Prior to 2003 the award was known simply as the
CollegeInsider.com national coach of the year. It was
renamed to honor longtime Mount St. Mary’s head coach
Jim Phelan who retired following the 2002-03 season.
The previous winners of the award are Bo Ryan
(Wisconsin 2008) Tony Bennett (Washington State 2007),
Ben Howland (UCLA 2006), Tubby Smith (Kentucky 2005)
Phil Martelli (St. Joseph’s 2004) and Mark Slonaker