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CBB Coaching Carousel: Oklahoma State Hires New HC

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Oklahoma State is finally off the coaching carousel, hiring Western Kentucky’s Steve Lutz, as they announced on Monday. Lutz becomes the 21st head coach of the Cowboys’ program.

Lutz replaces Mike Boynton, whom OSU parted ways with on March 14.

Lutz spent one season at WKU, coaching the Hilltoppers to a 22-12 record, reaching the NCAA Tournament. Lutz previously was at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to back-to-back NCAAT appearances in 2022 and 2023.

Lutz has served as an assistant at Stephen F. Austin (2000-06), SMU (2006-10), Creighton (2010-17) and Purdue (2017-21).

In 2021, Boynton coached the Cowboys to a 5-seed in the NCAA Tournament behind eventual No. 1 NBA draft pick Cade Cunningham. OSU also had notable players such as Avery Anderson, Kaleb Boone, Isaac Likekele and others on that team. Oklahoma State advanced to the second round before being eliminated by Oregon State, who went to the Elite-8.

After gaining momentum from the NCAA Tournament appearance, the program dealt with the postseason ban in 2022, and then Boynton could never gain any more momentum for the rest of his tenure in Stillwater.

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