Mike Holder and the OSU athletic department has passed on vocal alumnus Doug Gottlieb to hire from within. Mike Boynton has spent the past five years under Brad Underwood starting in 2012 at South Carolina, through three years at SFA and this year in Stillwater.
Boynton played four year at South Carolina and became an assistant coach in Columbia in 2008. Boynton is originally from Brooklyn, New York.
Unlike Gottlieb, Boynton has a lot of coaching experience starting after graduation as a graduate manager at Furman and then going through Coastal Carolina and Wofford before reaching South Carolina. If Holder and the athletic department wanted a coach to resemble Underwood’s style at all, they got as close as possible with a guy who has followed him for the past five years.
Former players have come out on twitter and endorsed Boynton, like senior Phil Forte and Leyton Hammonds:
So excited for this program! Oklahoma State basketball is in good hands!
— Phil Forte (@PhilForte13) March 24, 2017
OSU Basketball is in great hands!! 🍊👉🏾 https://t.co/0E7CNWJbQA
— Leyton Hammonds (@Leyfro) March 24, 2017