Calipari Signs New Contract with UK

Kentucky has advanced to the Final Four in three of last four seasons

Coach Cal - Photo by Dusty Layne - East KY Media
Coach Cal – Photo by Dusty Layne – East KY Media

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari, who led the Wildcats to the school’s 16th NCAA Final Four appearance last season, has been rewarded with a new seven-year contract, UK Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart announced Thursday. See attachments for the actual contract, which includes an amendment to the previous agreement along with details of the seven-year deal.

 

“Basketball has long been the marquee sport at the University of Kentucky,” Barnhart said. “It’s a sport that the traditions of this university and this state have been founded on. They were developed and sort of started from the get-go by Adolph Rupp and through many good people since. What Cal has done is returned us to those glory days of Final Fours and championship efforts, great players, and all along he’s helped young people understand the responsibility of going to class, of the commitment to each other and to a program that has as rich of a tradition as this one does. It has long been our goal over the last three to five years that Cal enjoy this as his final stop in coaching and that he has an opportunity to finish his career at the University of Kentucky and hopefully set standards and win championships that will be remembered for many, many years to come.”

 

“Under Coach Cal’s leadership, the most storied program in NCAA basketball has reached new heights of success and excellence,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “And that continued success, in which Coach Cal plays a critical leadership role, is a major reason why we have one of the handful of programs in the country that is financially self-sustaining and that has entered into an unprecedented partnership to fund nearly two-thirds of a more than $100 million science building dedicated to learning and research. As important to me, the Coach, his staff and our entire program are focused intently on putting students first in everything that they do. Nowhere is that more evident than in their continued efforts to ensure that our student athletes are prepared for success in life as well as in sports. They perform on the court and in the classroom.”

 

In five seasons, Calipari has led the Wildcats to a 152-37 (.804 winning percentage) overall mark, including four Elite Eights, three Final Fours, two appearances in the national championship game and the 2012 national championship. Under Calipari’s tutelage, 17 Wildcats have been selected in the NBA Draft in four seasons, including 13 taken in the opening round, two No. 1 overall selections, five top-five picks and eight lottery picks.

 

Calipari has guided UK to two Southeastern Conference championships, a pair of SEC Tournament titles and has comprised 20 consecutive 20-win seasons, leading all active coaches with that streak. He is a mere three wins shy of becoming just the 13th active Division I coach to achieve 600 on-court victories.

 

“I’d like to thank Mitch (Barnhart) and Dr. Capilouto for their commitment to me, my family and the basketball staff,” Calipari said. “I’ve said over and over that I have the best job in the country. With the continued support from our administration and the greatest, craziest, fans in college basketball, we have accomplished a lot in our five quick years, but we still have lofty goals for the future. We want to continue to help young people and their families reach their dreams, while at the same time maintaining our success on the basketball court, in the classroom and in the community.”

 

Calipari’s teams have showed remarkable success off the court. Most recently, the men’s basketball team posted a 3.11 cumulative grade-point average during the 2014 spring semester, including 10 student-athletes who amassed a 3.0 or better. It marked the sixth time in the last seven semesters the basketball team has achieved a 3.0 or higher GPA. In addition, Kentucky totaled a perfect APR score of 1,000 for the 2012-13 year.

 

Since Calipari arrived in Lexington, his teams have posted one-year APR scores of 979 in 2009-10, 979 in 2010-11, 977 for the 2011-12 national championship season and 1,000 for 2012-13. Kentucky’s most recent four-year composite score of 989, ranked in the 80th-90th percentile among all Division I basketball scores and the 60th-70th percentile within all Division I sports. The NCAA’s average APR for all Division I men’s basketball schools was 957.

 

Additionally, all 10 players at UK who were eligible to graduate by the end of their senior years, under Calipari, walked away with a degree in hand. Two of those players (Jarrod Polson and Patrick Patterson) earned a degree in just three years.

 

Calipari’s foundation, The Calipari Foundation, has raised millions of dollars to help the lives of those in need in the Commonwealth and across the country, and in 2010, he used a telethon to raise more than $1 million for victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. He followed that up with another telethon in 2012 that raised $1 million for victims of Superstorm Sandy that ravaged the New England coast.

 

A year after helping raise $350,000 for charity during the inaugural UK men’s basketball alumni weekend, Calipari was the driving force behind the more than $1 million that was donated to local and national organizations during the second annual alumni weekend.

 

His foundation has also worked with and donated money to Samaritan’s Feet, the West Liberty Recovery Fund, 4 Paws for Ability, the Starkey Hearing Foundation, the Urban League of Lexington and the V Foundation. Calipari has also headed up the EverFi Financial Literacy Program, which teaches students across Kentucky the importance of money management.

 

UK has hauled in the top-rated recruiting class in four of five seasons under Calipari’s direction. This year’s four-player class is rated No. 2 overall by most recruiting services and will accompany eight scholarship players from the 2013-14 national runner-up squad.

 

Kentucky is set to return 67 percent of its assists (300), 65 percent of minutes played, 59 percent of its scoring (1,773) and 54 percent of its rebounds (872) produced from its 2013-14 roster, which includes Willie Cauley-Stein, Aaron and Andrew Harrison, Dominique Hawkins, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee,  Alex Poythress, and Derek Willis as scholarship returnees.

 

The Wildcats will also welcome four McDonald’s All-America and Jordan Brand Classic players in Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyler Ulis.

 

All current coaching contracts can be found at http://www.uky.edu/Legal/ORRContracts.htm.

Snowplow winners announced

 

Winners of the snowplow obstacle course competition were Richard Mazurek, Owsley County, first place, and Robert Riddell, Estill County, second place.
Winners of the snowplow obstacle course competition were Richard Mazurek, Owsley County, first place, and Robert Riddell, Estill County, second place.

Winners of the snowplow obstacle course competition were Richard Mazurek, Owsley County, first place, and Robert Riddell, Estill County, second place.

Edd Hensley Obit

Edd Hensley
Edd Hensley

Edd Hensley, 62, Jackson passed away Sunday, July 6 at the St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington. He was preceded in death by parents, Green and Linnie Hensley; brothers, Lee Hensley, James Hensley, Charles Hensley; sisters, Aileen Smith, Ellen Hensley, Hazel Hensley, Mabel Hensley, Doshia Hensley, Juanita Hensley; one grandchild, Jasmine Joy Starr Robinson; one son-in-law, Ricky Fugate; mother and father-in-law, Staudie and Anna Bolen.   He is survived by his wife, Donna Hensley of Jackson; one son, Ed Dwayne Hensley of Jackson; three daughters, Danetta Robinson(Kevin Hall) of Somerset, Deanna Gail Bartley(Jason) of Pikeville, Jessica Fugate(Dave Southard) of Jackson, Heather Hensley of Jackson, Donna Mae Sizemore(Chad) of Jackson; two brothers, William Jr. Hensley of Jackson, Troy Hensley(Christine) of Jackson; two sisters, Lula Moore of Lexington, Joyce Neace of Jackson; nineteen grandchildren, one great grandchild; special friends, A.B.Howard, French Howard, Cecil Howard; brothers-in-law, Joe Bolen, John Bolen, Jr. Bolen; sisters-in-law, Delorise Couch, Sandra Bolen. Special thanks to nephew, William Lykins. Funeral services Wed., July 9, 3:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Cecil Howard officiating.  Burial in the Tyra Cemetery at Frozen.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Wayne Napier Obit

Wayne Napier
Wayne Napier

Wayne Napier, 56, Clayhole passed away Saturday, June 28, at the Clark Regional Medical Center in Winchester.  He was the son of the late Merle and Wilma Napier and the brother of the late Don Napier.  He is survived by his wife, Leona Napier of Clayhole; three daughters, Maria Rogers of Franklin, Ohio, Jessica Napier of Clayhole, Bethany Napier of Clayhole; three brothers, Merle Napier Jr. of Somerset, Danny Napier  of Stanton, Bruce Napier of Bath County; five sisters, Audrey Jean Fugate of Hazard, Pat Oliver of Hazard, Brenda Oliver of Hazard, Connie Holbrook of Jackson, Donna Martin of Bath County; two grandchildren, Camilla Renee Gonzolas, Caydence Wayne Rogers; special friend, Charles Miller of Bath County; host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services Wed., July 2, 1:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Buddy Turner officiating.  Burial in the Flint Ridge Cemetery at Clayhole.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Alta Mae Lindon Obit

Alta Mae Lindon
Alta Mae Lindon

Alta Mae Lindon, 86, Vancleve passed away Monday, June 23, at her residence.  She was a retired teacher with the Breathitt County School Systems.  She was the widow of the late Brownloe Lindon and the daughter of the late Roosevelt and Lula Back Gillum.  She was also preceded in death by one grandchildren, Letitia Dawyn Turner; 7 brothers and 2 sisters.  She is survived by one son, Kevin (Natasha) Lindon of Winchester; three daughters, Sharon (Dwight) Smith of Walton, Vonda (Eugene) Turner of Vancleve, Vicki (Doug) Watts of Vancleve; one brother, Larry Gillum of Erlanger; four sisters, Faye Cordes of Covington, Sue(Earl) Oaks of Walton, Betty Taulbee of Lee City, Gay Thompson of Covington; fifteen grandchildren; ten great grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 26, 1:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ron Leedy and Rev. Don Ison officiating.  Burial in the Lindon Cemetery at Vancleve.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  In lieu of flowers, family request donations to Calvary Christian Clear Fork Campus Church or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Merle Fisher Obit

Merle Fisher
Merle Fisher

Merle Fisher, 72, Hazard passed away Sunday, June 22, at the St. Joseph East Hospital in Lexington.  She was the daughter of the late Irvine and Lutisha (Cornett) Napier.  She was a member of the 11th Hour Of Worship Center in Hazard.  She is survived by two sons, James(Mary) Crowe of Lost Creek, Gerald(Elaine) Jones of Pine Grove; two daughters, DaRhonda Hensley of Hazard, Theresa(Paul) Hurt of Hazard; two brothers, Eugene(Katherine) Napier of Westchester, OH, James Napier of London; ten grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren.  Funeral services Wed., June 25, at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Eldon Miller and Rev. Mike Tabor officiating.  Burial in the Flatwoods Cemetery at Noble.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Kelsey Jones Obit

Kelsey Jones
Kelsey Jones

Kelsey Jones, 90, Clayhole passed away Wednesday, June 11, at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard.  He was a US Army veteran and worked as a mechanic for Falcon Coal Company.  He was the son of the late James Jones and Tisha Stacy Jones.  He was also preceded in death by brothers, Arnold Jones, Nathan Jones, Arthur Jones, Henry Jones, Beecher Jones, Clifford Jones, Shelby Jones; sisters, Lora Gibson, Margie Gayheart, Belva Shafer, Hazel Jones, Ida Mae Williams.  He is survived by his wife, Florence Jones of Clayhole; one son, David Campbell of Memphis, TN; two daughters, Joyce(Farmer) Erp of Jackson, Rachel(Larry) Adams of Hazard; one brother, Granville Jones pf Germantown, OH; one sister-in-law, Mazie Jones of Bays; special grandchild, Derek Jorge Campbell; grandchildren, Heather Campbell, Weston Erp, Larry Stephen(Amber) Adams; special niece, Edna Rose:  host of nieces and nephews.  Funeral services Sat., June 14, 3:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Barnett officiating.  Burial in Riverside Cemetery at Hazard.  Serving as pallbearers, Derek Campbell, Farmer Erp, Weston Erp, Larry Adams, David Campbell.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Sam Stidham Obit

Sam Stidham Obit
Sam Stidham Obit

Sam Logan Stidham, 73, passed away Saturday, June 14, at his residence at Barwick.  He was a carpenter and served as a volunteer deputy for Sheriff Ray Clemons.  He was a member of the Church of God.  He was the son the late Joe and Melda (Sizemore) Stidham.  He was also preceded in death by son, Sam L. Stidham Jr.; sister, Nancy Jane Baker.  He is survived by his wife, Lottie Stidham of Barwick; three sons, Randy & Brenda Combs Stidham of Jackson, David & Sheila Stidham of Chavies, Russell & Faye Stidham of Gays Creek; three daughters, Carlie & Paul Cole of Barwick, Mimie Stidham of Barwick, Hazel Stidham of Barwick; four brothers, James Stidham of Bowling Green, Raleigh Stidham of Barwick, Lloyd Stidham of Barwick, Mack Stidham of Barwick; three sisters, Sally Fugate of Barwick, Cora Baker of Barwick, Laura Baker of Barwick; host of grandchildren and great grandchildren; special nephew, James “Bucky” Baker; special niece, Susan Baker; special friend, Ray Clemons.  Funeral services Wednesday, June 18, 11″00AM at his residence at Barwick with Rev. Danny Oliver and Rev. Waylon Forester officiating.  Burial in Stidham Family Cemetery at Barwick.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Surrendering Frees Energy to Move On

Many of the wisdom traditions speak about the power of surrender. Surrender is not an easy word for those of us in Western civilization, for it implies ‘giving up’, or losing. It may even be associated with a sense of shame. The opposite of surrender might be ‘fighting to the death’.  

 

coolmeIn my recollection of old war movies, or cowboy movies, surrender only happened, it seemed, when one side clearly had no hope of overpowering the other, and preferred surrender to death. I am writing about a different kind of surrender.  

 

It is developing the ability to surrender to what is, and to that over which we have no control, rather than putting a lot of energy into resistance. It is, after all, a losing battle to resist change. We can rail against the loss of a loved one or a job, aging, children leaving home, the coming of winter, the loss of a relationship, or any of the myriad circumstances that happen to us all. Of course we will grieve our losses, but that is not the same as resisting the changes.  

 

Resisting is the refusal to accept what is, and remaining focused on a wish that it could be different than it is. Surrender is the courageous acceptance of the fact that the kaleidoscope of life keeps turning, and it is not our hand that turns it. It is developing the ability to graciously accept the unfolding of life, and doing our best, despite our pain, and despite the fact that what has happened may well be against our wishes.  

 

When we surrender to our journey, with all of its ups and downs, the energy that may have gone into resistance, is now available for moving on, and, sooner or later, move on we must.

 

Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist.  For permission to reprint this article, or to obtain books or cds, visit www.gwen.ca

We Must Learn to Acknowledge Our Worth

A question was put to me recently, as to how we can deal with childhood pain without making our parents ‘bad guys’. If they continue to exhibit dysfunctional or hurtful behaviors, we may have chosen to keep distance in the relationship so it is not so much of an issue. Sometimes, however, parents who may have treated us harshly years ago, have mellowed into caring, supportive grandparents.  

 

If we have some buried hurts and resentments, dealing with them may feel like being disloyal to parents, and perhaps hurting them. Not dealing with those hurts may create problems in our other relationships.  Even in adulthood then, the hurt child is still protecting and defending the adults who hurt him or her.  

 

There is a way past this dilemma. You can do healing without confronting parents, or even talking to them about past issues. Sometimes it is important to do so. But if reluctance to do so blocks a healing process, then we can find ways to heal that do not involve confrontation.  

 

Even if we do talk to them, parents cannot take away our childhood pain. The pain we experience as adults is more from the negative messages we gave ourselves as a result of the childhood hurts, than from the hurts themselves. Parents may have made you feel like a bad person, or a stupid person. The present day pain, though, comes from you telling yourself you are bad or stupid.  

 

The peace we must make is between our own inner critic, and our inner child. First we must acknowledge our pain, by listening to the hurts of our inner child without rationalizing them away. Then we must acknowledge and validate our worth. Our parents had a strong influence on how we felt about ourselves as children. Once we become adults, it’s up to us.

Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist.  For permission to reprint this article, or to obtain books or cds, visit www.gwen.ca

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