Kentucky is 'unlikely' to make assistant coaching changes this offseason

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The Kentucky men’s basketball roster in 2024-25 will look completely different than it did in 2023-24, but the coaching staff might look very similar.

According to KSR’s Matt Jones, Kentucky and head coach John Calipari are “unlikely” to make multiple staff changes this offseason and there’s a chance that no moves are made at all. Jones adds that, last week, he believed coaching changes were on the way, but that no longer appears to be the case.

“As I said on KSR this morning, I am hearing that it is unlikely Calipari makes multiple staff changes and it may be the case that he makes none,” Jones wrote Tuesday on social media. “A week ago I was told 2-3 changes were imminent. It looks like the plan has changed.”

Last offseason, Calipari went out and added two pieces to his coaching staff in John Welch and Chuck Martin. Welch has been lauded as a key addition due to his offensive creativity (Kentucky had the seventh-best adjusted offensive efficiency in the country, per KenPom) while Martin has taken on a primary recruiting role.

Welch and Martin replaced KT Turner, who was an assistant at UK for the 2022-23 season before accepting a head coaching job at UT Arlington.

Flint, Antigua, and Coleman have all been with Kentucky for multiple years now. Flint, who was on Calipari’s staff at UMass from 1989-96, joined the program ahead of the 2020-21 season while Antigua and Coleman joined ahead of the 2021-22 season. Antigua is in his second stint at UK after he was an assistant from 2009-14.

Following another early exit from the NCAA Tournament, some staff changes didn’t seem to be out of the question. But a couple of weeks into the offseason, Calipari sounds content with running it back.

Kentucky MBB 2023-24 Coaching Staff

  • Head Coach: John Calipari
  • Associate to the Head Coach: Bruiser Flint
  • Associate Coach: Orlando Antigua
  • Assistant Coach: John Welch
  • Assistant Coach: Chuck Martin
  • Assistant Coach: Chin Coleman

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