Thursday, February 19, 2015

Orlando Antigua Steps Down as Head Coach of Dominican Republic National Team

South Florida head coach Orlando Antigua has stepped down as head coach of the Dominican Republic National Team.

The former Kentucky assistant is going to take his South Florida team on an exhibition tour before next season and will not be able to coach the Dominicans in the FIBA Americas Tournament.

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The country's basketball federation has announced that Orlando Antigua has stepped down as national team boss because of his commitments as coach of the South Florida Bulls in American college basketball.

Antigua, in his first season as head coach of the university team, will this summer take his South Florida players abroad, something college coaches can do once every four years.

He will therefore not have the time to prepare the Dominicans for the FIBA Americas Championship taking place in Monterrey, Mexico (25 August to 6 September).

Promoted from his role as assistant coach under former Dominican head coach John Calipari, Antigua steered the team to a fourth-place finish at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship in Venezuela.

That qualified the team for last year's FIBA Basketball World Cup.

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