Kennedy Adds Head Coaching Experience To Staff
Sergio Rouco (FIU Athletics)

May 13, 2011

OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss has hired former Florida International head basketball coach Sergio Rouco as an assistant, Rebel head coach Andy Kennedy announced Friday.

Rouco brings years of head coaching experience at the college, high school and international levels to the Ole Miss bench.

"We are pleased to announce the addition of Sergio to our staff," said Kennedy, who is the first coach in Ole Miss history to lead the Rebels to 20+ wins and postseason play in four of his five seasons at the helm. "Sergio brings a vast array of experience to his new position. From assisting in an 18-game turnaround in his initial season at UTEP to being a successful head coach on multiple levels, Serg brings a wealth of experience to our staff."

Rouco served five seasons as FIU's head coach from 2004-05 to 2008-09, where he developed four players into All-Sun Belt Conference performers, including the 2009 SBC Freshman of the Year.

He began his college coaching career as an assistant at FIU from 1987-91, including one season under former Ole Miss head coach Bob Weltlich. Rouco returned to FIU as an assistant from 2000-03 before being hired by Billy Gillispie as an assistant at UTEP for the 2003-04 season.

Rouco was credited for much of the team's success in his one season at UTEP, which saw the Miners win 24 games and advance to the NCAA Tournament.

Born in Cuba and raised in Miami, Fla., Rouco found much success as a high school coach in his hometown, with head coaching stops at Loyola (1986-87) and Miami Norland (1991-95). He directed Loyola to a school-record 22 wins in 1986, while he led Miami Norland to 29 wins and a No. 1 state ranking for a portion of the 1994-95 season.

He boasts head coaching experience at the professional level for Club Mauricio Baez (1995) and Los Minas (1996) in the Dominican Republic, helping both squads reach the semifinals of the playoffs. In 1996-97, he was the head coach of the Trotamundos de Carabobo in Venezuela, and he returned to that country in 2010 to coach the Marinos de Anzoategui.

He also spent three years as an associate director at the Boys & Girls Club of Miami, where his duties included supervising athletic programs, 30 employees and 8,000 youth, as well as spearheading fund-raising efforts and payroll budgeting.

A 1987 graduate of Nova Southeastern with an education degree, Rouco and his wife, Kelly, have one son, Sergio Alessandro.

 

 

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