Brad Calipari named Assistant Coach/Director of On-Court Player Development at Arkansas

Brad Calipari has been named assistant coach/director of on-court player development, Razorback head coach John Calipari announced.

He comes to Fayetteville after two seasons working in player development at Vanderbilt and Long Island.

Brad Calipari was the director of on-court player development at Vanderbilt this past season (2023-24). He helped Erza Manjon and Tyrin Lawrence rank among the top scorers in the SEC while Ven-Allen Lubin was one of the most improved players in the league.

In 2022-23, Calipari was the director of player development for Long Island University in Brooklyn. At LIU, Calipari worked alongside head coach Rod Strickland – an NBA veteran who made the transition to collegiate coaching.

Prior to his time in Brooklyn, Calipari was a graduate assistant for the Kentucky men’s basketball program, earning his master’s certificate in sports kinesiology in 2022.

As a student-athlete, Calipari began his career at Kentucky, suiting up for the Wildcats for his first three seasons (2016-19) on teams that made two Elite 8’s and a Sweet 16. He played the final two seasons of his collegiate career at Detroit Mercy for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons.

Calipari graduated from Kentucky in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and media studies before earning a master’s degree in liberal arts from Detroit Mercy in 2021.

Born: Nov. 11, 1996, in Franklin Lakes, N.J.
Hometown: Franklin Lakes, N.J. (MacDuffie (Mass.) School)
Collegiate Playing Career: Kentucky (2016-19); Detroit Mercy (2019-21)
Alma Mater: Kentucky ‘19 (Communications and Media Studies)

2021-22            Kentucky (Graduate Assistant)
2022–23           Long Island University (Director of Player Development)
2023–24           Vanderbilt (Director of On-Court Player Development)
2024–pres.       Arkansas (Assistant Coach/Director of On-Court Player Development)

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