Antigua, Coleman officially hired by Kentucky


Cameron Krasucki

Former Illinois assistant basketball coach Chin Coleman instructs players at the game against Nebraska Feb. 25. Coleman and former assistant coach Orlando Antigua have been hired by Kentucky.

By Claire O'Brien, Sports Video Editor

Former Illinois men’s basketball coaches Chin Coleman and Orlando Antigua have been hired by Kentucky, both schools confirmed Thursday.

Rumors of Coleman’s departure to Lexington became public earlier this week, with writing Monday that Coleman had told Illinois head coach Brad Underwood he was leaving for Kentucky.

Coleman and Antigua have been at Illinois since 2017, when they joined Underwood at Illinois. Antigua worked as an assistant coach with Kentucky head coach John Calipari when Calipari coached at Memphis, and went to Lexington when Calipari was hired by Kentucky.

After the news broke Thursday, Underwood released a statement via Fighting Illini athletics:

“Orlando and Chin have been instrumental in the building of this program from day one, and they deserve a lot of credit for the success that we’ve experienced. They are dear friends who I’ll miss working alongside each day, and I am grateful for the impact they’ve had on my life, which is bigger than basketball. All the best to Coach O and Coach Chin from the Fighting Illini.” 

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