TAMPA, FL.---On Wednesday, the University of South Florida's men basketball program announcing the hiring of former Florida International head coach, Sergio Rouco, as an assistant on Orlando Antigua's staff in balmy Tampa Bay.
"Sergio has over 25 years of coaching experience at the Division I level," Antigua said. "He has great recruiting connections not just in the state of Florida, but around the world, which will greatly benefit our program."
Rouco, 53, spent the past three seasons on Andy Kennedy's staff at Ole Miss and helped guide the Rebels to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2002 during the 2012-13 season. The Rebels also tied a school-high with 27 wins during that postseason run.
Rouco kicked off his collegiate career in 1987 as an assistant coach at Florida International. He remained in that position until 1991 and then accepted the head coaching position at Miami Norland High School for four seasons.
Between 1995 and 2004, Rouco found himself back in the collegiate ranks with stints as an assistant coach at Florida International and UTEP before returning to the Panthers' program for a third time as the head coach of the men's basketball program.
Orlando Antigua's coaching staff is now complete with the hiring of Rouco, who joins Orlando's brother, Oliver, and former NBA guard, Rod Strickland.