ORU coach hires two new assistants

New ORU Basketball Coach Paul Mills has hired Talvin Hester and Sam Patterson to fill his two vacant positions. Rodney Perry (associate head coach) and Steve Upshaw (director of basketball operations) were retained by Mills.

“I am very fortunate to have Talvin Hester and Sam Patterson join us here at ORU,” said Mills.

Hester comes from The University of Houston. He worked at eight different programs in Texas at both the college and professional levels, including Texas State, Stephen F. Austin and the Texas Rim Rockers of the USBL. In his three years at Houston, the Cougars won 22 games in 2015-16, and notched a 70-68 victory over defending national champion UCONN in his first season on the bench.

“I am excited to be at ORU,” said Hester. “I wanted to come work for a great coach in Coach Mills. It was an opportunity where I feel like we can win and win at high level. I saw what Coach Mills got done at Baylor and if he can bring that same enthusiasm and excitement to ORU, I want to be a part of it.”

“I have known Talvin for a long time and I’ve admired his work,” said Mills. “He has learned a lot under several terrific coaches and brings with him a wealth of knowledge from good conference.” Patterson spent 13 seasons at Baylor, including the last five as the director of video operations. He was a video coordinator for two seasons and also spent time with the Bears as a student manager and graduate assistant.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to coach at a Christian university that walks the walk of what they are preaching,” said Patterson.