OSU Basketball Coaching Staff

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Oregon State
Loss 70-80
Mar 21, 2021
NCAA tournament
Mike Boynton Jr.

Mike Boynton Jr.

Head Coach

“Let’s Work!”

More than just a cliché team slogan, this defense-first, blue collar mentality is the foundation for Mike Boynton’s brand of basketball at Oklahoma State, and the results speak for themselves.

In three seasons in Stillwater, Boynton and the Cowboys have produced eight wins over top-25 teams – four of those against top-10 squads – hauled in back-to-back top-25 recruiting classes and recorded six All-Big 12 and Academic All-Big 12 team honors. It's no wonder that Seth Davis and The Athletic named him to their list of the "Top-40 Under 40" in college basketball.

With all that success, Boynton is primed to take things to another level in 2020-21 with the addition of arguably the most heralded recruiting class in school history. The 2020 Naismith High School Player of the Year, Cade Cunningham, headlines a class that Rivals.com ranked No. 4 nationally, and also includes three other four-star standouts.

The top-ranked signing class will only build on the momentum created by the success of the 2019-20 campaign. Do-it-all guard Isaac Likekele burst onto the scene and joined senior captain Cameron McGriff on the All-Big 12 Conference team, and helped the Cowboys win eight of their last 11 games contests to finish with a six-win improvement over the previous year. In fact, only five Power Conference teams ended the season with a longer win streak than OSU’s four-game run against Big 12 competition.

The success on the court only fueled Oklahoma State’s achievements in the classroom. The Cowboys had three Academic All-Big 12 picks in 2020 – most by an OSU team since 2014 – and earned the coveted National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award after recording the second-highest team GPA in school history. Cowboy graduates Trey Reeves and Thomas Dziagwa were two of just seven Big 12 basketball players to earn a spot on the 2019-20 NABC Honors Court.

Boynton’s first season at the helm set the bar high. The 2017-18 Cowboys tied the school record with 15 home wins, advanced to the third round of the NIT and posted four victories over Elite Eight squads. In all, OSU notched 21 wins and became the first team since 2001 to sweep a regular-season series with Kansas.

What’s more, they accomplished all this while recording a 3.01 team GPA in the spring of 2017 and placing a pair of student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 team.

In 2018-19, the trio of Lindy Waters III, McGriff and Dziagwa stepped into the leadership role as captains, and the first two earned All-Big 12 Conference recognition. The trio helped the Cowboys lead the Big 12 in 3-point shooting with a clip of 8.7 makes per game at 37.2 percent – both league highs.

Boynton’s knack for skill development has been on full display since his arrival in Gallagher-Iba Arena. As an assistant coach in 2016-17, he aided in the day-to-day training of All-American Jawun Evans, who led the Cowboys to the NCAA Tournament, as well as the program’s all-time 3-point king, Phil Forte III.

The following year, Jeffrey Carroll became one of the most improved players in the country by increasing his scoring average by 9.3 points per game, which was the second largest scoring jump in program history only to Bryant “Big Country” Reeves. Under Boynton, Carroll and his frontcourt teammate, Mitchell Solomon, would earn All-Big 12 honors following the 2017-18 season.

Boynton’s first signee as the head coach at OSU, Yor Anei, arrived in Stillwater as a raw, unheralded freshman. But by the end of his first year, Anei tied the program record for blocked shots in a single season with 85 and he ranked fourth nationally with a block percentage of 13.7.

Boynton and the Cowboy coaches showed their flair for recruiting with the signing of a national top-25 class for the 2019-20 season. The class includes four Rivals four-star players, including the top players in Oklahoma and Georgia.

That momentum continued into the 2020 class with the addition of the nation’s top recruit and the highest-ranked signee in school history in Cunningham, as well as four-star talents Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe, Donovan Williams and Rondel Walker.

Thought of as one of the nation’s up-and-coming coaches prior to being named the OSU head coach on March 24, 2017, Boynton helped engineer OSU’s run to the NCAA Tournament in 2016-17, was an architect of Stephen F. Austin’s success and helped revitalize the South Carolina program as both a player and assistant coach.

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.

In 2015-16, Boynton helped the Lumberjacks win 28 games, including a first-round upset of No. 2 seed West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament. The magical season capped off a run of success at SFA that included three straight Southland Conference titles, a 53-1 record in league play and three SLC Player of the Year awards.

Boynton went to SFA after spending four years as an assistant coach at South Carolina. While on staff in Columbia, Boynton helped lead the Gamecocks to three wins over national top-five opponents, including an upset of then-No. 1 Kentucky in 2009-10 and wins over then-No. 2 Michigan State and then-No. 2 Ohio State in 2010-11 while fielding one of the youngest teams in the country.

He also had a part in South Carolina landing one of its best recruiting classes in recent history in the summer of 2010, bringing in a class ranked No. 17 in the country according to Scout.com, No. 22 in the Rivals.com rankings and No. 25 class according to ESPN.com.

He served as the associate head coach for Wofford prior to joining the South Carolina staff for the 2008-09 season.

Boynton worked as an assistant at Coastal Carolina for two seasons prior to his stint at Wofford. In his two years at Coastal, the Chanticleers went 35-25 overall, including a 20-win season in 2005-06.

Boynton was a four-year letterwinner for the Gamecocks from 2001 to 2004. He played in 125 career games, which ranks fourth all-time. He also finished in the top ten in career three pointers made (129) and three pointers attempted (364). He ranks in the top 10 in single-season starts and minutes played and led the Gamecocks to the NCAA Tournament as a senior, starting 32 games and averaging 9.9 points and a team-high 3.5 assists per game.

He graduated from South Carolina with a degree in African-American studies in 2003. Boynton was also awarded the Southeastern Conference’s Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship for his community service work.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Boynton attended Bishop Loughlin High School, where he earned first-team All-New York City honors after leading his team to a 24-4 mark and a berth in the city semifinals. He was inducted into the Bishop Loughlin High School Athletic Hall of Fame in the spring of 2011.

Scott Sutton

Scott Sutton

Assistant Coach

Erik Pastrana

Erik Pastrana

Assistant Coach

Cannen Cunningham

Cannen Cunningham

Assistant Coach

 
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