Illinois basketball officially loses 2 key assistant coaches to Kentucky
Despite Illinois’ best efforts, Kentucky officially hired two of Brad Underwood’s key assistant coaches on Thursday morning.
The Wildcats have announced the addition of both Orlando Antigua and Ron Coleman. Both coaches have spent the last four seasons with the Illini.
Illinois reportedly offered Antigua a salary of $1 million per season to keep him on Underwood’s staff. As of now, it’s unclear what he’ll be paid at Kentucky. This will be Antigua’s second stint with John Calipari and the Wildcats. He was an assistant at UK from 2009-14.
“I want to thank Josh Whitman, Coach Underwood and everyone at Illinois for an incredible four years in Champaign,” Antigua said in a release. “We created some unforgettable memories and took the program to new heights that we can all be proud of. I will never forget my time at Illinois and I want to thank everyone who welcomed my family and I to a wonderful place.”
Coleman also was complimentary of Illinois in the release.
“We must accept the end of something in order to begin something new, special and different,” Coleman said in a statement.” To that end, I want to thank everyone at Illinois for the opportunity I was afforded the last four years. It was truly an honor, and I am proud of the success we achieved together.”
Illinois’ search for replacements is expected to begin immediately.