'Slice' leaving UK staff for St. John's

Kentucky coach John Calipari will be looking to fill a vacancy on his coaching staff again this off-season.

On Monday, St. John's formally announced that UK assistant coach Barry "Slice" Rohrssen will be joining Chris Mullin's Red Storm staff after spending the last year in Lexington and helping the Wildcats reach the Final Four.

"Let’s all congratulate Slice for his new opportunity at St. John’s," Calipari said in a statement released by UK Media Relations. "When he came in my office and talked to me about the offer, we both got emotional. You have to understand, we’ve been friends for 30 years. Not only that, he loved this place and the BBN. At the end of the day, it was an offer in every way – including going home – that I didn’t think he could pass on.

"As we do with players and staff, when these things arise, I want our family to do what’s right for them. I couldn’t be happier for Slice. He’s not only a great person, he’s a terrific coach and recruiter, and one of my most loyal friends. I wish Slice and Kerry nothing but the best in their new opportunity."

Kentucky added Rohrssen to the staf last year after Orlando Antigua was named the head coach at South Florida. Tony Barbee, who took a position when director of operations Rod Strickland joined Antigua's staff, is expected to move into Rohrssen's old position.

Rohrssen was known as a strong recruiter with deep ties in the talent-rich New York City metro area. He had been recruiting five-star big man target Cheick Diallo, among others, during his time with the Cats.

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