How Much Is Coach John Calipari Worth?

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ron Irby/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9447984d)Kentucky head coach John Calipari directs traffic during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida in Gainesville, Fla.
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University of Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari is the highest-paid coach in the NCAA in 2021. He collects a salary of $8 million and performance bonuses close to $100,000, according to USA Today.

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John Calipari Net Worth: $45 Million

Prior to joining Kentucky in 2009, Calipari coached at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Memphis. He also did a three-year stint as head coach of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets.

In 2019, he signed a lifetime contract worth a total of $86 million to finish out his career in Kentucky, with an average salary of $9 million. Beginning in 2024, “Coach Cal” can opt to step down as a coach into an advisory role with the university, earning $950,000 per year, Celebrity Net Worth reports.

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One of the winningest coaches in the NCAA, Calipari doesn’t earn all his money from his coaching. He is the author of several books, including “Success Is the Only Option: The Art of Coaching Extreme Talent,” “Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out,” “Bounce Back, Swim to the Buoy” and “Basketball’s Half Court Offense.” Although the information is scarce about advances and royalties for his books, it’s safe to say he’s earning some residual income from the titles.

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Calipari owns a 10,000-square-foot home with a 1,000-square-foot garage, seven bedrooms, and a sunroom in Lexington, Kentucky, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

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Last updated: March 15, 2021

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