Antigua headed to USF
03/31/2014 12:58 PM
Multiple sources are reporting that UK Assistant Coach, Orlando Antigua, has accepted the head coaching job at the University of South Florida. Antigua spent one year under Calipari at Memphis before following him to Kentucky in 2009. Antigua was promoted to head coach of the Dominican Republic’s men’s national team last summer.
Regarding the announcement, Kentucky head coach John Calipari released the following statement:
“When this is done right, everyone involved should benefit from the success of the program. This includes the university as a whole, the athletic department, administrators, staff and especially the assistant coaches. They and their families deal with the brunt of the work. With that being said, I am so excited that Orlando has been hired by the University of South Florida. Based on what he’s done with the Dominican Republic National Team as their head coach and his work with our family over the last five years at Kentucky and one season at Memphis, I have the utmost confidence in him to lead this program to new heights. My guess is they will do things that have never been done before at South Florida. We’re all going to miss him and his family after we finish this run.”
It was one week ago that Manhattan’s Steve Masiello was hired by South Florida before a background check revealed he never received an undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky as stated on his resume. Antigua will replace Stan Heath who was fired on March 14th after seven seasons at USF.
A possible replacement for Antigua on Calipari’s staff includes, Ex-Auburn Head Coach and former player under Calipari, Tony Barbee.