Loyalty. It's a quality that is special to head coach John Calipari. When former players or staff members call for his assistance, Calipari is always there to help because of their loyalty to him and his program. And when a position opens up on his staff, he first looks to those in his "family" to offer those opportunities.
That's what happened when Calipari promoted Andy Allison to a full-time staff member in the summer of 2006. This year, Allison moves to the role of Assistant to the Coordinator of Operations. Although he is in only his second season on the Tiger hoops operations staff, he is in his sixth overall season with the program.
In his position, Allison is in charge of the John Calipari Basketball School -- the coach's summer camps -- and clinics, as well as updating Calipari's web site, www.coachcalipari.com. Allison is also involved in other areas of basketball operations.
The 2007-08 season was Allison's third year on the Tigers' operations staff.. The Columbus, Ohio, native's first stint with Calipari and the Memphis program was from 2001-03 as a graduate assistant.
Allison has served on staff during some of the Tigers' most successful seasons. In 2006-07, Allison was a part of another record-setting campaign. The Tigers won a school-record tying 33 games for a second-straight season (33-4 record) and captured their second-consecutive Conference USA regular season and tournament titles. The back-to-back outright regular season crowns were a first for the Memphis program, and the consecutive tournament championships were the Tigers first since they won two-straight Metro Conference Tournaments in 1984 and 1985. Memphis advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight for a second-straight year (2006, 2007), marking the first time in school history that happened.
The 2006-07 Tigers also pulled a first in Conference USA history. Memphis posted a perfect 16-0 regular season mark and captured the league's postseason tournament. The Tigers were the second squad in C-USA history to go 16-0 in the regular season as Cincinnati did so in 1999-2000. That Bearcat team, though, did not win the Conference USA Tournament title. The Tigers received a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and finished in the top 10 in both national polls (No. 5/AP; No. 7/ESPN-USA Today).
The 2005-06 season went down as one of the most storied in school history. Memphis posted a 33-4 record and won the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles. The 33 victories set a school single-season record for victories and the sweep of the conference regular season and tournament crowns was accomplished for the first time since 1984-85. The 2005-06 Memphis squad earned the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament No. 1 seed and advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1992.
In 2001-02, Memphis went 27-9 and won the National Invitation Tournament crown, and the following campaign (2002-03), the Tigers earned their first NCAA Tournament berth since 1996.
In between his Memphis stints, Allison was the Director of Basketball Operations at Western Kentucky in 2003-04. Prior to his first time at Memphis, Allison was an assistant coach at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. He was also the head coach of the program's junior varsity squad.
Allison earned a bachelor's degree in Education from Youngstown State University in 2000. He is the son of Al and B.J. Allison, and has a sister, Beth.