RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Manhattan head men's basketball coach Steve Masiello has named Oliver Antigua the newest assistant coach on the Jaspers staff.
Antigua fills the team's last coaching vacancy after former assistants Scott Padgett and Rashon Burno moved on to elevated coaching positions at Samford and Florida, respectively. Antigua comes to Riverdale following a successful career at St. Raymond's High School in the Bronx, where he coached the Ravens to five Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) Class AA championships over his 13-year tenure.
"We are very excited about the addition of one of New York City's most successful coaches who brings a great wealth of knowledge about the metropolitan area," Masiello said. "Oliver will help enhance our brand in New York City and take Manhattan College basketball to the next level. He is a high character person with great integrity and we are very fortunate to add him as a member of our staff. Not only will he help us in recruiting and coaching, but he will serve as a role model for these young men."
In 10 seasons as head coach at St. Raymond's, Antigua guided the Ravens to a plethora of success, winning 186 games and three CHSAA intersectional championships (2003, 2004, 2012). Antigua most recently enjoyed a championship campaign in 2012 as St. Raymond's posted a 21-10 record behind CHSAA Player of the Year Daniel Dingle and captured a berth in the New York State Federation Tournament semifinals.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Coach Masiello's staff and to join the Manhattan College community," said Antigua. "As a head coach in the New York City Catholic League, I have always admired Manhattan College basketball and the program's rich tradition. I look forward to working with the talented coaching staff, players and administration as we compete for MAAC Championships."
Over his extensive coaching career, Antigua has mentored more than 20 NCAA Division I talents, with four players moving on to careers in the NBA. He was named CHSAA Coach of the Year in 2002 by the New York Daily News and again garnered Coach of the Year honors in 2003 by the New York Post. He propelled St. Raymond's to national recognition, as well. The Ravens were ranked as high as a #3 in the country by USA Today Super 25 Poll in 2008.
Antigua lettered in the Big East as a player at Pittsburgh from 1996-1998 before joining the collegiate coaching ranks on the Panthers' staff working as an assistant under head coach Ralph Willard for one season. He returned to his alma mater St. Raymond's in 1999 and helped lead the Ravens to CHSAA city championships in two of his three seasons as an assistant coach (1999 & 2000). The Ravens' accomplishments in Antigua's time as an assistant also included winning the New York State Federation title in 2000.
Antigua also brings international experience to Riverdale after serving as the head coach of the Dominican Republic Under-17 team at the Central American qualifiers for the Pan American Games in the summer of 2011. Additionally, his background extends to stints coaching some of the top high school talent at the Nike All American Camp in 2007 and at the Jordan Brand All-American Game in 2008.
He joins a Manhattan basketball program that is coming off a 21-win campaign and made its first postseason appearances since 2006. The Jaspers return 88.5% of their scoring offense, including the 2012 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) scoring champion and First Team All-Conference guard George Beamon.