Sunday, November 9 | 7:00 p.m. ET | Rupp Arena (23,000) | Lexington, Ky.
Cats move to 5-0 on tour; finish with Dominican Republic tomorrow
Poythress' double-double leads four Cats in double-figure scoring
Barry Rohrssen joined the UK men's basketball coaching staff as an assistant coach, on May 1, 2014.
With over 20 years of coaching experience, Rohrssen comes to Lexington after serving his second stint as an assistant at the University of Pittsburgh in the 2013-14 season. While there he helped lead the Panthers to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and 12th appearance in the last 13 seasons.
During the 2012-13 season Rohrssen was hired by the Portland Trail Blazers organization to assist their NBA Development League club, the Idaho Stampede.
On April 25, 2006, he became the 22nd head coach at Manhattan College, a position he held for five seasons from 2006-11. His best season came in 2008-09 when he guided the Jaspers to a 16-14 overall record and fourth-place finish in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 9-9 league slate. Many of the players he recruited earned a postseason berth and won 21 games in 2011-12. Rohrssen improved academic progress ratings at Manhattan as he graduated every player that stayed for four years and dramatically improved the school's basketball NCAA Academic Progress Rate.
Rohrssen initially came to Pittsburgh in 1999 as a part of head coach Ben Howland's staff. Upon Jamie Dixon's hiring in 2003, Rohrssen remained in that position through the 2006 season.
During a five-year period of his first stretch at Pitt, he helped guide the Panthers to a 133-33 overall record (.801 winning percentage), a 59-21 Big East regular-season record (.738 winning percentage), four Big East championships (three regular season), three NCAA Sweet 16 berths and five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. In addition, Pitt won its first-ever Big East Tournament title in 2003. At Pitt, he served in three different capacities, including the associate head coach under Dixon from 2004-06, assistant coach (2001-04) and director of operations (1999-2001).
Prior to his first spell at Pitt, Rohrssen served as the director of basketball operations at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas from 1995-99 under head coach Bill Bayno. While at UNLV, the program experienced a resurgence as the Runnin' Rebels captured the 1998 Western Athletic Conference Tournament championship and advanced to postseason play in three of his four years. Rohrssen's duties included serving as a liaison to the athletic administration and other school officials, coordination of student-athletes' game, practice and daily schedules, as well as serving as UNLV's director of summer basketball camps.
He began his coaching career at his alma mater, St. Francis College (NY), in 1993 under then head coach Ron Ganulin. Rohrssen played as an undergraduate at St. Francis from 1981-83, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management in 1983.
Rohrssen also has extensive international experience. In both 1991 and 1992, Rohrssen represented the United States at the World International Championships in both Poland and England, respectively. He also co-coached an American All-Star team in 1998 that finished 5-0 in Tahiti. In 2000, he served as an assistant coach with a USA Junior Team that competed at an international tournament in Leon, Spain. Later that summer, Rohrssen helped lead a New York City squad to a gold medal title at the 2000 Empire State Games.
During the summers of 2008 and 2009 he traveled to the Persian Gulf Region with a select group of NCAA basketball coaches to visit American troops as part of a goodwill program sponsored by the United States Organizations (USO) and Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE). In 2008 he participated in "Operation Hardwood V" and in 2009 he took part in "Operation Hoop Talk". Both tours began with visits in the nation's capital to meet with wounded soldiers at Bethesda Naval Hospital and Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
A New York native, Rohrssen played in the Catholic High School Athletic Association at Xavieran High School in Brooklyn and is a member of the school's Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.