Bounce Back

Overcoming Setbacks to Succeed in Business and in Life

Bounce Back

Read by: John Calipari

Winning advice on how to turn life’s setbacks into successes from John Calipari, the legendary basketball coach and powerful motivational speaker who has experienced more than his share of both.

I want readers to know they are not alone. People get fired every day. I can give guidance in negotiating those troubling times and so can the people I enlisted to help me with this book."

When John Calipari was fired as head coach of the New Jersey Nets in 1999, just twenty games into his third season, he decided to face his humbling experience head on. Rather than hide from the public eye, he brushed himself off and climbed back on his horse, resurrecting his career in short order. Bounce Back shows readers how they can stay positive, stay focused, and reach new heights of success—no matter how grim their situation might seem. Emphasizing the power of a good attitude, Calipari offers hands-on advice about how to turn unexpected disappointments into exciting new opportunities. In addition to his own experiences, good and bad, he draws on those of other prominent figures who have had to make comebacks, among them management guru Ken Blanchard and basketball Hall of Famer Larry Brown.

John Calipari is renowned for inspiring his teams not just to win but also to become better people along the way. As galvanizing a coach in the game of life as he is on the hardwood, Calipari’s Bounce Back proves that success has little to do with luck and everything to do with hard work, perseverance, hope, and a strong, positive attitude.
  • Simon & Schuster Audio | 
  • ISBN 9780743582360 | 
  • September 2009

About the Author

John Calipari
Photo Credit: Lindsey Lissau

John Calipari

John Calipari is the current head coach of the University of Kentucky’s men's basketball and a veteran of nearly 20 college seasons at the University of Memphis and the University of Massachusetts. Widely regarded as one of the greatest program builders in all of college basketball, Calipari's teams have earned 11 conference titles, 12 NCAA Tournament berths and two Final Fours. Of his past three point guards, two have been NBA Rookie of the Year and the third, John Wall, was Washington’s No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. He received the Naismith National Coach of the Year Award for the 1995-1996 and 2007-2008 seasons, as well as the Sports Illustrated National Coach of the Year honor for 2008-09.


Calipari’s first season in The Bluegrass State saw a complete rejuvenation of the program that had fallen from its perch atop college basketball. With the nation’s best freshman class entering for 2010-11, the Wildcats will again be in the thick of the race on the road to the Final Four. Calipari and his wife, Ellen, have three children, Erin, Megan, and Bradley. You can learn more about Coach Cal, “Bounce Back” and the Calipari Family Foundation for Chidlren (CFFC) on his website: and by following him on Twitter: @UKCoachCalipari and on Facebook at “John Calipari.”