True has been to three of Calipari's coaching clinics over the past five years and learned a lot about the Kentucky coach while attending the summer basketball sessions.
"I always found him to be personable and willing to share his ideas," the Clark coach said. "He even used some ideas we gave him and put them in place. He just went out of his way to be nice with everybody."
One of those ideas was for the coaches to witness a two-hour practice session with Calipari's team. The following year, Calipari tweaked his schedule in order to make his players available to help demonstrate Calipari's offensive and defensive attack.
"That's something the coaches wanted to see," True said.
True said Calipari's demeanor during the two-hour session was impressive and said he had a good rapport with his players.
"He's very demanding, but he's very up front and brutally honest with his kids," he said. "He doesn't pull any punches, and he's very much a lay-it-on-the-line kind of guy. I don't think the players doubted where they stood with him."
Although Kentucky followers aren't familiar with Calipari's offensive style just yet, True doesn't think he will have a problem winning over the support of the team's fan base.
"I think Kentucky fans are really going to enjoy that style of play," he said. "His style of play is going to fit in well with Kentucky fans. His team's penetrate, drive, and push it up and down the floor."
Off the court, the Clark coach said Calipari will do just fine, because of his personable and approachable style.
"He has a lot of charisma - he's good with the media and that's what you've got to have with the UK job," he said. "He has all of the intangibles - he's going to be good with all of that. I think he's going to do very well at Kentucky."
When Calipari has his first clinic as coach of the Wildcats, True will be among the first coaches line ready to attend.
"I don't have to drive seven hours now to go to a clinic," he said with a laugh. "Hopefully he'll have one in Lexington. I'll be there if he does."