UK officially named Tony Barbee its “special assistant to the head coach” today. The former player and assistant under Calipari will fill the position left open by Rod Strickland when Strickland followed Orlando Antigua to South Florida.
“Tony has been a part of my basketball family for over 20 years,” Calipari said in a release from UK. “I’ve had the pleasure of watching him grow up and mature with this game since I started recruiting him when he was 16 years old. I’m thrilled with the knowledge and experience he brings to this program and our staff and am looking forward to working with him again.”
Barbee said, “I’m so excited to reconnect with my coach, mentor, and friend Coach Cal on his staff at Kentucky. I can’t wait to join the Big Blue Nation in its quest for No. 9.”