In a move that had been widely speculated for weeks, Kentucky announced Thursday that Barry "Slice" Rohrssen has joined the men's basketball coaching staff.
The 53-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y., native comes to Lexington after serving as an assistant at Pittsburgh during the 2013-14 season. He coached under Ben Howland and Jamie Dixon with the Panthers and was also the head coach at Manhattan from 2006-11 before working with the Portland Trail Blazers organization in 2012.
"It's an honor to be part of a program that has the greatest tradition in the history of college basketball," Rohrssen said in a statement released by UK. "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."
"Barry has been part of my coaching family for the past 30-some years," Calipari said. "We roomed together at Five Star as counselors, still in college, and have followed each other's careers on the court closely. I'm thrilled with what he brings to our staff, both on court and off, in terms of coaching, recruiting and mentoring these young men."
Rohrssen is widely recognized as one of the top recruiting assistants in the northeast with numerous ties in New York City. It's a role that needed to be filled at UK after the departure of Orlando Antigua for the head coaching job at South Florida.