It seems like forever that we have been talking about Barry Rohrssen joining the Kentucky Wildcats Basketball staff, and he officially meets the Lexington media today. Rohrssen was hired away from Pitt to replace Orlando Antigua on John Calipari’s staff. Rohrssen is known as a great recruiter and it is interesting to see how his experience can fit in with John Calipari’s vision.
You can watch the press conference live at 2:00PM below, but first, peruse part of Slice’s bio from the UKAA site.
Rohrssen has over 19 years of major college coaching experience. He became the 22nd head coach at Manhattan College on April 25, 2006, a position he held for five seasons from 2006-11. His best season came in 2008-09 when he guided the Jaspers to a 16-14 overall record and fourth-place finish in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 9-9 league slate. Many of the players he recruited earned a postseason berth and won 21 games in 2011-12. Rohrssen improved academic progress ratings at Manhattan as he graduated every player that stayed for four years and dramatically improved the school’s basketball NCAA Academic Progress Rate.
During the 2012-13 season Rohrssen was hired by the Portland Trailblazers organization to assist their NBA Development League club, the Idaho Stampede. Prior to his first stint at Pitt, Rohrssen served as the school’s director of operations at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas from 1995-99 under head coach Bill Bayno. While at UNLV, the program experienced a resurgence as the Runnin’ Rebels captured the 1998 Western Athletic Conference Tournament championship and advanced to postseason play in three of his four years. Rohrssen’s duties included serving as a liaison to the athletic administration and other school officials, coordination of student-athletes’ game, practice and daily schedules, as well as serving as UNLV’s director of summer basketball camps.
Rohrssen also has extensive international coaching experience. In both 1991 and 1992, Rohrssen represented the United States at the World International Championships in both Poland and England, respectively. He also co-coached an American All-Star team in 1998 that finished 5-0 in Tahiti. In 2000, he also served as an assistant coach with a USA Junior Team that competed at an international tournament in Leon, Spain. Later that summer, Rohrssen helped lead a New York City squad to a gold medal title at the 2000 Empire State Games.