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Congratulations to Orlando Antigua, who was officially named the head coach of the Dominican Republic National Team this morning. We’ve known for a while that Coach O would succeed Calipari as the DR National Team’s new coach, but the Dominicans made it official with a press conference. Coach O was in Utah working at a camp with the Jazz, but Skyped in for the celebration.
The whole press conference was in Spanish, but my friend Google Translate helped me figure out some of his remarks:
— Coach O says he’ll use some of the schemes Calipari used while he was the DR National Team’s head coach
— He says that he is humbled by the opportunity and the process will make him a better leader
— Workouts for the team will begin the first week of August, and they are continuing to evaluate roster spots
— Like his predecessor/boss, Antigua thinks the point guard is the head of the team, and has every confidence that the Dominicans have the talent to do the job.
— Coach O says Rod Strickland will return to the DR National Team coaching staff, as will Jose Maita Mercedes and Ron Sanchez (assistant at University of Virginia)
He named Tyler Thompson as the designated blogger to follow the team through their summer workouts in Punta Cana (I wish.)
Hopefully we’ll have a human translation of this later on.