LEXINGTON — Martin Newton was more than John Calipari’s director of basketball operations when the Kentucky Women’s Basketball Clinic ended recently and he found out more than 40 cars belonging to clinic participants had been towed.
He helped make sure the women had a way to get to their cars were and no one was stranded after a towing company towed their cars and it took $112 to get each vehicle out of the impound lot.
Newton shares his thoughts the parking woes and a few other things about the clinic that attracted 500 women to meet coach John Calipari and his staff and players.
Question: Are there any plans already in the works to solve the parking problem for next year?
Newton: “I have had several complaints about parking and we are embarrassed and frustrated that this happened. UK parking changed the lots on the Lexington Ave. side of the Joe Craft Center and Memorial Coliseum to student parking this year and moved employee parking to the back of Craft Center. We informed the women in an e-mail where parking would be, but I’m sure several women were confused as to which lot they should actually use based on past clinic parking. I have been in contact with UK parking and we will resolve for future clinics. It should be noted that Joe Monroe and his staff at the UK police did a wonderful job of helping these women get their cars. Not to mention our managerial staff that went above and beyond.”