Bulldogs’ new basketball coach is a familiar figure

SETTLING IN: New Louisiana Tech basketball coach Talvin Hester tried out his new desk Monday and will be officially introduced today in Ruston.

By DOUG IRELAND, Journal Sports

RUSTON – New Louisiana Tech basketball coach Talvin Hester isn’t new to the Bulldogs.

Hester, who spent 2018-21 on Eric Konkol’s Tech coaching staff, will be introduced to the media and supporters today at noon. He took time Monday to reacquaint himself with the Bulldogs, meeting with the team.

“Dreams do come true. I hope I’m an example to all you guys,” he told the team. “My dream came true. Your dreams can come true, too. What I plan to do here, with you guys, with the support of this school, is put a plan together, prepare, and we’re gonna work every day. We’re going to win every day. We’re going to be super detailed in what we do.

“I probably watched every game you guys played this year. I had them all recorded,” he said. “We’re going to win ballgames. We’re going to win the right way. We’re going to be the toughest team in every game we play.”

He spent the past season as an assistant coach to Mark Adams at Texas Tech, helping the Red Raiders (27-10) reach the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.

His official introduction as the 19th head coach in the program’s history will come in the Jarrell Room of the Davison Athletics Complex. Louisiana Tech President Dr. Les Guice and Vice President/Director of Athletics Dr. Eric A. Wood will introduce Hester, who has 20 years of coaching experience.

The press conference will be streamed live on Facebook through the LA Tech Athletics Facebook page.

Hester follows Konkol, who took the head coaching post at Tulsa last Sunday following seven seasons with the Bulldogs, posting an impressive 153-75 record. Hester played a role in recruiting and coaching much of the returning roster at Tech.

He has been an assistant coach at Oral Roberts, Houston, Texas State, Stephen F. Austin, and Prairie View A&M. At Houston from 2014-17 under coach Kelvin Sampson, Hester helped establish the foundation that has elevated the Cougars to consecutive Elite Eight appearances in the past two seasons.

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