Orlando Antigua

Orlando Antigua (born February 20, 1973)

Current position: Associate head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Illinois Fighting Illini (Head coach: Brad Underwood)
Current conference: Big Ten Conference
Teams coached: South Florida Bulls
South Florida record: 23-55 (.295)
Overall record: 23-55 (.295)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0


  • USBWA Most Courageous Award (1994)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2024-present Illinois (assoc. HC)
2021-2024 Kentucky (assoc. HC)
2017-2021 Illinois (asst)
2014-2017 South Florida
2009-2014 Kentucky (asst)
2008-2009 Memphis (asst)
2006-2008 Pittsburgh (asst)

Orlando Antigua Facts

  • Orlando Antigua
  • Born February 20, 1973
  • Hometown: Bronx, New York
  • Alma Mater: University of Pittsburgh (BS, 1995)
  • Born in the Dominican Republic to a Dominican father and Puerto Rican mother
    • Survived a drive-by shooting in the Bronx in 1988, during which he was shot in the head
    • Later honored in 1994 (while at Pitt) with the USBWA Most Courageous Award
  • Played four seasons, two as captain, for the Pittsburgh Panthers under head coaches Paul Evans & Ralph Willard
    • Spent his college summers playing in Puerto Rican basketball league (BSN)
    • Represented the Dominican Republic National Basketball Team in 1998 Olympic qualifying play
    • Became first Hispanic player for the Harlem Globetrotters, playing seven years (nicknamed “Hurricane”)
  • First coaching job was as an assistant at Mt. Lebanon High School (PA)
  • Spent five years on Jamie Dixon‘s staff at Pittsburgh followed by six assisting John Calipari at both Memphis and Kentucky
  • Served as the head coach of the Dominican Republic National Basketball Team from 2013-2015
  • Was head coach at South Florida for two and a half years, going 23-55 over that tenure
  • Hired in April 2017 as an assistant on Brad Underwood‘s first staff at Illinois; worked with the Illini for four seasons
  • Left Illinois in May 2021 to reunite with Calipari as associate head coach at Kentucky, spending three years in that role
  • Returned to Illinois in April 2024 to become Underwood‘s associate head coach

Orlando Antigua Coaching Tree