By LARRY VAUGHT
Fairleigh Dickinson coach Greg Herenda has known John Calipari for a long time and says the Kentucky coach has not changed much over the years.
“I’ve never seen him with a hat on. Not that that means anything, but he never has a hat on. He’s got nice hair, he’s got more hair than I do, so he’s doing something right,” Herenda joked after UK beat his team Saturday.
“But I think he’s a likeable coach. I was coaching with him, and his players, and when you’re winning by 30, you become much more attractive. And when you win national championships. But he’s just, John Calipari was born to coach.”
He cited how coaches like Calipari, Mike Fratello, Bobby Knight, Rick Pitino and others honed their coaching skills at Howard Garfinkel’s all-star camp.
“These guys, you coach until you can’t coach anymore. And John is ahead of his time, and he always has been. And I’m appreciative of just playing the game, and being able to play here,” Herenda said. “We’re all thinking “We can’t believe he’s 60,” but he’s got energy, he flies all over the world, and he does so many good things for people.
“I got nothing but good things to say about John, and he’s special. And you guys realize that.”