NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt men’s basketball head coach Jerry Stackhouse announced the addition of Brad Calipari to his staff on Monday. Calipari will serve as the program’s Director of On-Court Player Development.
“Brad is a talented, young coach who has worked hard to prepare himself for this opportunity,” Stackhouse said. “He is knowledgeable, high-energy, and a strong communicator. We are very excited about his ability to add value with our student-athletes and within our coaching staff.”
He spent the 2022-23 season as 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 coaching.
Prior to his time in Brooklyn, Calipari was a graduate assistant for the Kentucky men’s basketball program, earning his masters certificate in sports kinesiology in 2022.
As a student-athlete, Calipari began his career at Kentucky, suiting up for the Wildcats during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons on teams that made the Elite Eight and Sweet 16, respectively. 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.