Duhon and Rigot Added to Herd Men's Basketball Staff
D'Antoni completes staff with nine-year NBA player and 20-year veteran
May 22, 2014
D'Antoni also announced the retention of veteran Thundering Herd assistant coach Mark Cline on the staff.
Duhon and Rigot bring to the Herd a wide-range of postseason experience and success in basketball at the player and coaching levels.
Duhon played nine seasons in the NBA (2004-2013) with four franchises (Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers), most recently for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2013-13 season, where D'Antoni served as an assistant coach on the Lakers' staff.
A graduate of Duke University in 2004, Duhon played four seasons for the Blue Devils and helped Duke win the 2001 National Championship. That same season, Duhon was named the ACC Rookie of the Year. After four years at Duke, Duhon compiled a 123-21 record, making him the second winningest in Duke and ACC history. Duhon helped the Blue Devils to three ACC Championships and left as the only ACC player to record 1,200 points, 800 assists, 475 rebounds, 300 steals and 125 three-point baskets.
A native of Mamou, Louisiana, Duhon was the first addition to D'Antoni's staff.
Rigot (pronounced Ree-ZJOH) has been an assistant coach at South Carolina, UAB, Hawaii, Kentucky and Duquesne. He has accompanied teams to postseason play in 12 of his 14 seasons as a Division I assistant coach and also enjoyed a successful stint as a junior college head coach. Prior to his seasons at Duquesne, he served as an assistant under coach Tubby Smith at Kentucky from 2002-03 through 2006-07, helping the Wildcats earn five consecutive NCAA Tournament bids.
Rigot, 51, was head coach at Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist for six seasons (1990-91 through 1995-96) leading that junior college to a 158-35 record and the 1994-95 Pioneers to the NJCAA national championship game. That team was ranked No. 1 for 12 weeks during the season. He was a four-time Carolinas Junior college Conference and coached 26 players who earned Division I scholarships.
Rigot, who has made at least one NCAA Tournament appearance at four of his five Division I coaching stops -- Kentucky, Hawaii, UAB and South Carolina -- has established a reputation as a highly successful recruiter, especially in international circles.
A Pittsburgh native, Rigot began his playing career at Jamestown (N.Y.) Community College, where he was part of a Jayhawks team that was ranked No. 1 nationally and participated in the 1982 NJCAA Tournament.
After being sidelined for a year with a knee injury, Rigot transferred to the University at Buffalo where he lettered in 1983-84 and '84-85. He completed his degree in sociology in 1986 and added a master's in education from South Carolina in 1988.
Cline, 49, spent the past four seasons on the Marshall staff. He also has served as an assistant coach at Fayetteville State, VCU, Old Dominion, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma, where he recruited current NBA All-Star Blake Griffin. Cline, a Wake Forest alumnus and four-year starter (1984-87) for the Demon Deacons, is from Williamson, W.Va.