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Rencher, Sutton, Barrett Promoted on Mike Boynton’s Staff

Boynton is taking advantage of his new assistant spots.



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Mike Boynton is making some updates to his coaching staff entering the 2023-24 season.

Oklahoma State on Tuesday announced Terrence Rencher is being promoted to associate head coach. Meanwhile, Scott Sutton and James Barrett have been promoted to assistant coach roles. The extra assistant coaches are made possible by a recent NCAA ruling allowing for two additional assistants who may engage in coaching activities outside of recruiting.

Boynton is also adding Nelson Hernandez as the program’s Director of Player Development, a role that was left open after Keiton Page was promoted to an assistant spot.

So, here is a quick look at what Boynton’s bench will look like this upcoming season:

Head Coach: Mike Boynton; 7th Season (South Carolina, ’03)
Associate Head Coach: Terrence Rencher (Texas, ’07)
Assistant Coach: David Cason (Illinois State, ’96)
Assistant Coach: Keiton Page (Oklahoma State, ’12)
Assistant Coach: Scott Sutton (Oklahoma State, ’95)
Assistant Coach: James Barrett (Sam Houston State ’10)
Director of Player Development: Nelson Hernandez (Utah State ’13)
Video Coordinator: Kris Quintana (St. John’s University, ’16)
Athletic Trainer: Kevin Blaske (Missouri Southern, ’86)
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Mark Mitchell (Eastern Michigan, ’10)
Graduate Manager: Brady Priess (Oklahoma State, ’23)

The all-time leading scorer in Texas basketball history, Rencher enters his third season on Boynton’s staff as an assistant. Before his time in Stillwater, Rencher’s coaching career made stops at Creighton, San Diego, New Mexico, Texas State, Sam Houston, Tulsa and Saint Louis. Boynton has pinned Rencher as a future head coach a few times over the years, including in OSU’s release.

“Coach Rencher has earned this recognition, based on many factors,” Boynton said in OSU’s release. “He has tremendous respect within our program and is deftly driven to help us succeed. He has shown great leadership over this past summer and I am convinced will be a head coach in the near future.”

Sutton has been in a variety of roles at OSU going back to his playing days. Returning to Stillwater in 2017, Sutton has spent the past two seasons as the Cowboys’ Director of Basketball Administration. He spent 18 seasons as Oral Roberts’ head coach before his return, where he was 328-247.

“Scott has been a vital part of our staff here,” Boynton said. “His experience as a head coach has been very important in the daily operation of the program. It’s great to be able to use even more of his abilities with the current players that we have. I’m excited to have him back on the court coaching and developing our guys.”

A Brooklyn native like Boynton, Barrett has been on staff in Stillwater as a graduate assistant the past two seasons.

The lone newcomer of the bunch, Hernandez joins the staff having recently been an assistant at Fresno State. He has also made stops at Utah State, Clemson, Wright State, VCU and LSU.

“Nelson will be a valuable addition to our staff,” Boynton said. “He has a ton of experience in various roles around college basketball. He will be responsible for many tasks that are vital to a program’s success, including on-campus recruiting, team travel, student-athlete development and more. I look forward to seeing his immediate, positive impact.”

The Cowboys go on a Spain exhibition tour this month from Aug. 5-15.

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