Illinois head coach Brad Underwood announced a wave of staff additions on Wednesday night, including previously reported acquisitions of Orlando Antigua as a full-time assistant, and Joey Biggs as the program’s director of operations.
Patrick Schulte, a former Oklahoma State and South Carolina staffer, will also join the Fighting Illini as a video coordinator.
Additionally, Underwood declared that he’ll be retaining Jamall Walker and Adam Fletcher in their current roles.
Brad Underwood’s Statement on Orlando Antigua (Assistant)
Orlando has one of the top pedigrees in college basketball, from his days as a player and throughout his coaching career. He was an integral part of the success at Kentucky with Coach Calipari, recruiting and developing several outstanding players who went on to become high NBA draft picks. He will work with our bigs here and will do an outstanding job in their development as well. Orlando is a wonderful person of high character and will fit our Illini family perfectly.
Brad Underwood’s Statement on Jamall Walker (Assistant)
Jamall and I go back a long way, I've known him since he was in high school. I've followed him throughout his coaching journey and am very familiar with his work ethic and his character. He has done a fabulous job throughout his time here at Illinois, including during the NIT while serving as interim head coach. Jamall is a top-flight recruiter and as a former point guard, will help our players grow at that position.
Brad Underwood’s Statement on Adam Fletcher (S&C Coach)
Adam is one of the top up-and-coming strength coaches in the country. The areas of strength and conditioning play a major role in our program. Coach 'Fletch' has done an outstanding job to date with the players here and I'm excited to have him continue with their development.
Brad Underwood’s Statement on Joey Biggs (Director of Ops.)
Joey is a tremendous administrator and someone who excels in the many different hats you have to wear in that role. He was a great asset to every head coach he worked for at Oklahoma State. He will be involved in all the organizational duties of running our day-to-day program and will take the lead on game scheduling as well.
Brad Underwood’s Statement on Patrick Schulte (Video Coordinator)
Patrick has been with me a long time, going back to his days as a manager at K-State. He has a high basketball IQ, is gifted with technology, and knowledgeable in all facets of video editing and analysis.