By LARRY VAUGHT
Even though there is still no official word from Kentucky, Pittsburgh has announced that assistant coach Barry Rohrssen is leaving to join John Calipari’s staff at UK and fill the vacancy created when Orlando Antigua left to become head coach at South Florida.
The move has been rumored since Antigua’s departure even though Calipari has continually denied that Rohrssen was No. 1 on his list.
Pitt coach Jamie Dixon told Paul Zeise of the PIttsburgh Post-Gazette that Rohrssen was offered a raise to stay at Pitt and that he will be missed.
“I am happy for him as he is to the point in his career and his life now that he is getting married and presumably gonna start a family that he felt like he needed to take this opportunity in order to get where he wants to be in his career. Barry has been a great asset to Pitt, he has done a great job and I wish him nothing but the best but we will move on and we will start the process of replacing him now,” Dixon told Zeise.
Rohrssen returned to Pitt lafter a stint as an assistant coach for the Idaho Stampede (NBDL). He’d worked at Pitt from 1999-2006 then became the head coach at Manhattan before he lost his job after the 2011 season.
Rohrssen and Calipari have been friends and he will give UK the proven recruiter it lost with Antigua.