Boynton adds former Stephen F. Austin colleague to staff

Oklahoma State men's basketball coach Mike Boyton has hired Erik Pastrana, a former assistant coach at Florida Atlantic University, to his staff.

The hiring was first reported by CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein on April 1.

OSU basketball officially announced Pastrana's hiring via Twitter and a press release on Tuesday afternoon.

Boyton and Pastrana previously worked together under former OSU coach Brad Underwood at Stephen F. Austin.

“I am beyond excited to be able to add Erik to our staff,” Boynton said in the release. “Erik and I worked together for three years and helped to take a strong program to new heights. I would put his ability to evaluate talent and connect with young people at the very highest levels of our profession. He has a relentless work ethic and has experienced a great deal of success throughout his time in college basketball. Erik knows our region really well, but also has the ability to help us continue to expand our reach as a program. I look forward to having him on board to help us in our pursuit of sustained excellence.”

Pastrana helped head coach Dusty May and the Owls to a 17-16 record and a berth in the College Insider Postseason Tournament this past season.

Pastrana has also coached at Florida International University, Daytona State, Northwest Florida State and Kansas State.

“I’m extremely excited to be joining Mike Boynton’s staff at Oklahoma State,” Pastrana said in the release. “OSU is a tradition-rich program that I came to admire during my time at K-State. Just as importantly, I’ll be joining a head coach that I have the utmost respect for. Mike and I built a special relationship during our run at SFA, and I look forward to continuing the progress this great program has made in his tenure.”

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