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Meet new USF basketball coach Antigua

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Here is some background on new USF basketball coach Orlando Antigua.

Age: 41

Family: He and wife, Dana, have a daughter, Olivia. Antigua also has a son, Orlando Anthony, who serves in the Marine Corps and is based in North Carolina.

Coaching highlights: Five seasons as an assistant at Kentucky (2009-13). The Wildcats have made three of the past four Final Fours, four Elite Eights and won the 2012 national championship. Kentucky has won two SEC regular-season titles and two SEC tournaments while compiling an overall record of 151-36 (.807). … Has helped attract the nation’s No. 1-ranked recruiting class in five straight seasons. Kentucky’s current team is the first all-freshman starting lineup to reach a Final Four since Michigan’s Fab Five in 1992. … Named the top assistant coach under 40 by ESPN.com in 2012. … Assisted for one season at Memphis, when the Tigers were 33-6 and lost in overtime against Kansas in the NCAA championship game. … Spent five seasons (2003-07) on Jamie Dixon’s staff at Pittsburgh, his alma mater, when the Panthers went 132-40 overall (.767), recording five straight 20-win seasons and reaching two Sweet 16’s.

Playing highlights: Four-year letterman and two-time team captain at Pittsburgh (1991-95), where he played for Paul Evans and Ralph Willard. Ranks in the top 15 on Pittsburgh’s all-time list for made 3-pointers (117), blocked shots (78) and career 3-point percentage (38.6). Member of the Big East All-Rookie Team in 1992, when the Panthers were 18-16 with an NIT berth. The following season, Pittsburgh was 17-11, earning an NCAA tournament bid.

Born in the Dominican Republic, but raised in the Bronx. Attended St. Raymond’s High, which won the New York City Catholic League championship. As a senior, he was named McDonald’s All-American and Parade Magazine All-American second team. He was also named All-New York City.

Globetrotters: Antigua became the first player of Latin American descent to play for the Harlem Globetrotters. He played seven seasons for the Globetrotters until 2002. He represented the squad in 49 countries, meeting luminaries such as Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali. He also appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee.”

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