Calipari elected to NABC board of directors

The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced Tuesday that John Calipari is one of three coaches who have been elected to the board of directors.

The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced Tuesday that John Calipari is one of three coaches who have been elected to the board of directors.

The Kentucky head coach is joined by Cy Alexander of North Carolina A&T and Rick Cooper of West Texas A&M. The board of directors are chosen to be "guardians of the game," according to the NABC, and to bring attention to the positive aspects of the sport. They will represent approximately 5,000 members in "advocacy, leadership, service and education."

Calipari guided Kentucky to the NCAA championship in 2012 and another Final Four appearance in 2011. He is one of only two coaches to lead three different programs to a Final Four along with Louisville's Rick Pitino.

Alexander, in his first season as head coach at North Carolina A&T in 2012-2013, led the Aggies to an NCAA tournament berth, losing to eventual champion Louisville. He is a three-time Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference coach of the year, having earned those awards when he was the head coach at South Carolina State for 16 seasons. Alexander was also the head coach at Tennessee State for six seasons and has a career coaching record of 364-326 in 23 seasons.

Cooper just completed his 20th season as head coach at West Texas A&M and is the winningest coach in the Buffaloes' history with a 387-191 record. His teams have reached the NCAA Division II tournament 10 times, including five in the last nine seasons. In 1997-98, Cooper guided the Buffs to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight for the first time. He coached previously at his alma mater, Wayland Baptist University, for six seasons and has an overall won-lost record of 539-298.

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