LA Tech’s new coach and top assistant have HBCU ties

LA Tech’s coaching staff will include several former HBCU coaches, including its new head coach.

Former LA Tech assistant Talvin Hester has been named the new head coach of the men’s basketball program, the school announced Tuesday.

Hester spent last season with Texas Tech, helping it qualify for the Sweet 16. But he spent three seasons prior at Ruston as an assistant under Eric Konkol, helping LA Tech record 20 wins in each of them.

“We are thrilled to have Coach Hester return to Ruston to lead our Dunkin’ Dogs!” Vice President/Athletic Director Dr. Eric A. Wood said in a statement. “He’s prepared for this opportunity over the past 20 years, learning the Xs and O’s from some of the game’s best. He’s also building genuine relationships that will carry on the great culture of the program and push our guys to play their better and win championships!

One of Hester’s first jobs was as an assistant coach at Texas College in Tyler, Texas for the 2004-05 season. Hester then spent five seasons at Prairie View A&M (2005-10) where he was promoted to associate head coach. He helped the Panthers win records in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons, the first time the program had back-to-back winning seasons in decades.

Hester’s first addition to the staff also has strong ties to HBCU. Winston Hines will join Hester in Ruston.

Hines has spent the past five seasons at Grambling State as an assistant. He cut his teeth at Stillman College, where he was an associate head coach for one season with the women’s program after a successful stint as an assistant with the men’s basketball program.

Winston Hines is unique for this job in that he has been in the state of Louisiana for many years,” Hester said. “He’s from Florida, which helps maintain the connection to that state that LA Tech has had for a while. We want to keep recruiting great in our area and in places where we’ve always been great like Florida. He will be a great addition to our Bulldog family.

“I’m very excited to join the staff here at Louisiana Tech,” Hines said. I want to thank Coach Hester for giving me this opportunity to join his team and help add to the prestigious history of the basketball program here at LA Tech. I want to thank Coach Donte’ Jackson for welcoming me to his team at Grambling State and Stillman College for the past eight seasons, and Coach Michael Grant for giving me my debut as a college coach.

LA Tech went 24-10 last season.

LA Tech’s new coach and top assistant have HBCU ties

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