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One of the nation’s up-and-coming coaches, Mike Boynton Jr. was named the 20th head coach in Oklahoma State basketball history on March 24, 2017.
Boynton, 35, helped engineer OSU’s run to the NCAA Tournament last season, was an architect of Stephen F. Austin’s success and helped revitalize the South Carolina program as both a player and assistant coach.
“At the end of the day, we view coaching from the same perspective,” Holder said. “All of the qualities that I value resonate in him. He said one thing that really stuck with me, that coaching is about leadership and family, and I agree with that wholeheartedly. I know I’m proud to have him as the leader of our basketball program, and think once people get to know him they’ll feel the same way.”
A 12-year Division I coaching veteran, Boynton was instrumental in Oklahoma State’s success last season as an assistant coach. He aided in the day-to-day development of All-American Jawun Evans and Jeffrey Carroll, who became one of the most improved players in the country by increasing his scoring average by 9.3 points per game.
Before arriving in Stillwater, Boynton spent the previous three seasons at Stephen F. Austin, where he helped the Lumberjacks rack up a total of 89 wins, which are tied for the most by any coaching staff in its first three campaigns.
“Oklahoma State is one of the premier basketball programs in the country,” Boynton said. “To have this opportunity given to me by coach Holder and the OSU administration is something I could have only dreamed of. I’m very thankful and grateful to the players here, to the guys that I have played and worked with throughout my life, and to the Oklahoma State family for welcoming me and my family over the last year.”