LEXINGTON — Kentucky has hired Barry Rohrssen as assistant coach, filling a vacancy left after Orlando Antigua became South Florida’s head coach.
Rohrssen spent last season as a Pitt assistant, helping the Panthers reach their second consecutive NCAA tournament in his second stint with the program. The 19-year college veteran previously worked under Ben Howland and then Jamie Dixon from 1999-2006 at Pitt before coaching five years at Manhattan College.
He also worked at UNLV, with the NBA Portland Trailblazers’ NBDL Idaho affiliate and coached internationally.
In a release on Thursday Kentucky coach John Calipari recalled his long association with Rohrssen, saying, “I’m thrilled with what he brings to our staff, both on and off the court, in terms of coaching, recruiting and mentoring these young men.”
“It’s an honor to be part of a program that has the greatest tradition in the history of college basketball,” Rohrssen said. “I was humbled when John Calipari asked me to become a member of his outstanding staff. Coach Cal embodies the meaning of the word ‘success.’ The way he prepares young men for their future, in both basketball and life, is remarkable. Additionally, I’m grateful to represent the most passionate fan base in sports, the Big Blue Nation.”
On the women’s side, Kentucky has hired Christian Stefanopoulos as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, returning her to a Wildcats program she worked as video coordinator.
Stefanopoulos served in similar positions the past two seasons at Bucknell, attracting and developing talent that helped the Bison win 31 games over that span after just five wins in 2011-12. They played in this year’s WBI, their first postseason appearance since 2007-08.
In a release Thursday, Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said “players have always benefited from spending time with Christian whether it was on or off the court. I’m so happy she’s a Wildcat.”
Stefanopoulos coordinated the Wildcats’ video from 2007-10 after serving as a graduate assistant under Mitchell at Morehead State. She played at Austin Peay and Thomas More College.
“I am extremely excited and honored to have the opportunity to coach with Coach Mitchell and represent the University of Kentucky,” Stefanopoulos said. “It’s always been my dream to return to Kentucky and have the opportunity to compete for a national championship. Coach Mitchell has created a championship culture here based on hard work, honesty and discipline and I’m ready to take those winning tools and get to work.”
The Florence, Ky., native was a prep standout at Boone County High School where she was a 2002 McDonald’s All-America nominee. As the starting point guard, she led her team to a 27-5 overall record, the 33rd district championship and the ninth region runner-up during her senior season.