PHOTO ESSAY: Kentucky Guardsmen Skype with The Coach

Posted by Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Director, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs
Photos courtesy of Drew Franklin, Kentucky Sports Radio, and Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky Guard

University of Kentucky coach John Calipari joins Governor Steve Beshear and Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini in greeting deployed Kentucky Guardsmen overseas via Skype from Calipari's office in Lexington, Ky., Jan. 23, 2014. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond)

University of Kentucky coach John Calipari joins Governor Steve Beshear and Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini in greeting deployed Kentucky Guardsmen overseas via Skype from Calipari’s office in Lexington, Ky., Jan. 23, 2014. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond)

LEXINGTON, Ky —University of Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, and Adjutant General Edward Tonini conducted a Skype call with Kentucky Guard Troops deployed overseas for a third year in a row. Kentucky Troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Afghanistan and the Middle East had more than 40 minutes to “Coach” the Coach, while hearing inside-the-locker room strategy from the head coach of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament victors.

Below are pictures of the Skype session, pictures courtesy of Drew Franklin, Kentucky Sports Radio.

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Session memorables:

LUNCH?
Spc Lerone Simmons, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba exclaimed,  “Hey Coach, when I get back to the states and after the Wild Cats win the 2014 NCAA championship, I’d like to take you out for lunch to listen to how you strategize a winning game.”

Coach Cal began his discussion on game-strategy, and offered to have this lunch at the Governor’s mansion. The discussion continued with dialogue regarding specific games played by UK thus far.

As the conversation waned, Spc. Simmons stood up and asked, “So, we still on for lunch then, Coach?”

CAMP FATHER-SON. 

A Kentucky Troop stationed in the Middle East mentioned how great his experience was during the UK Father/Son basketball camp. Coach Cal talked about how great of a learning experience the camp is for both father and son. The father coaches his son and the son sees his father play basket ball.

Coach Cal extended a special invite to the Fathers deployed overseas.

PRANKS AMONG FRIENDS

A Kentucky Troop stationed in Afghanistan asked UK Basketball player Julius Randle  how he was going to retaliate against the pranks of his fellow Wild Cats. Julius explained, “Prior to the U of L game, my mom had to drop off a new pillow ’cause the guys put hot sauce on my pillow.”

So, how Julius was going to ‘get even’ with his fellow teammates? “It’s on a need to know…but it’s gunna be good!”

 

Links to Coach Cal/Skype Call articles:

KentuckyGuard.com
http://kentuckyguard.com/deployed-kentucky-guardsmen-get-facetime-with-coach-cal/

CoachCal.com
http://www.coachcal.com/26924/2014/01/coach-cal-cats-visits-kentucky-guardsmen-via-skype/

Kentucky Sports Radio
http://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/coach-cal-gov-beshear-poythress-and-randle-talk-to-troops-overseas/

 

 

 

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