Posted on 2/2/14

Orlando Antigua 300LEXINGTON, Ky. (6/14/13) – Kentucky assistant coach Orlando Antigua has been named the head coach of the Dominican National Team it was announced by the Dominican Federation on Thursday.

Antigua has spent the past two seasons serving as an assistant to John Calipari for the Dominican team which fell one win shy of advancing to the nation’s first Olympic appearance in 2012.
“I’m extremely excited to have this opportunity,” Antigua said. “Anytime you can coach and be a participant of a national team, it’s very special. For Coach Calipari and (UK Athletics Director) Mitch Barnhart to allow me to take part in this opportunity means a lot, on a personal level as well as professionally.

“I’m also thankful to the Dominican Federation, (Federation GM) Eduardo Najri and (Federation President) Rafael Uribe for their confidence in entrusting this program and team to me,” Antigua said. “It is my goal to build upon the recent success we’ve enjoyed and continue to make this a program the Dominican Republic can be proud of.”

A native of the Dominican Republic, Antigua suited up for the national team in 1994-95 and 1997-98. Antigua then served as an assistant coach with Calipari and helped lead the Dominicans to the finals of an Olympic qualifying tournament before losing to Nigeria. The loss prevented the Dominican Republic from reaching its first Olympic games.
Antigua will remain as an assistant at UK after having helped lead Kentucky to a national championship in 2012. Since arriving at UK, the Wildcats have advanced to a pair of Final Fours and reached the Elite Eight three of four years. Antigua serves as Kentucky’s lead recruiter and he has helped UK haul in five-straight No. 1 rated recruiting classes.

“I’m happy for Orlando and this opportunity to lead the Dominican Republic national team,” Calipari said. “I’m proud of what we were able to accomplish over the past two years, getting this country to the brink of its first-ever Olympic appearance. I’m confident with the experience he has that Orlando will build on the team’s success and take it to new heights.”

The Dominican Republic will report to training camp at the beginning of August before taking the floor for a pair of exhibition contests against Puerto Rico on Aug. 14 and Aug. 16. Antigua will then lead the Dominicans into competition at the Jenaro “Tuto” Marchand Continental Cup from Aug. 22-26 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
SurfKY News
Information provided by John Hayden (UK Athletics) your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Weather Sponsored by

1 DOW 17,813.39
+1.20 (0.01%)    
2 S&P 2,088.87
0.00 (0.00%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,116.14
0.00 (0.00%)    

Stock Report Sponsored by


Most Read This Week

November 24, 2015 9826

Distillery to Operate in Old Graham School…

by SurfKY News
November 21, 2015 8676

Injuries Result from Beulah Road Accident

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
November 23, 2015 7501

Relative Charged with Murder, Arson in Deaths of…

by SurfKY News
November 24, 2015 4468

Ohio County Most Wanted - Top 10 - November 24

by SurfKY News
November 24, 2015 3150

Man Injured When Vehicle Collides with Deer

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

November 17, 2015 15479

Ohio County Most Wanted - Top 10 - November 17

by SurfKY News
November 18, 2015 14382

Runaway Teen Returns on His Own

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

November 25, 2015 2114

Man Hospitalized after Early Morning Car Accident

by SurfKY News
November 26, 2015 1550

Muhlenberg Sheriff's Office Makes Cocaine Bust

by SurfKY News
November 26, 2015 1125

Hopkins County Health Department Food Scores…

by SurfKY News
November 25, 2015 806

Thanksgiving is Peak Day for Cooking Fires

by SurfKY News
November 26, 2015 556

Hopkins County Warriors Go to National…

by SurfKY News
November 26, 2015 440

Beauty of Western Kentucky Autumn Wilderness…

by SurfKY News
November 26, 2015 399

American Medical Association Wants to Ban Ads for…

by SurfKY News
November 26, 2015 351

Grapevine Church Offering Interactive 'Miracle of…

by SurfKY News
November 26, 2015 333

Pet of the Day - Jewel

by SurfKY News