“I am excited concerning the alternative to work at Texas Tech and to be again within the state of Texas,” Hester stated. “I used to be raised right here in Texas and most of my profession being within the state. I am one of many few coaches who’ve been at each Division I convention within the state. I am excited to be again residence and have the chance to win championships on the highest stage in our sport.”
Adams added: “We’re excited including Talvin to our workers and assume that he’ll make an influence on the court docket and in recruiting. He is a really revered coach with a whole lot of expertise all through the state of Texas who has helped his groups to profitable seasons in every single place he is been. We’re fortunate to have him and I can not wait to get to work with him.”
An Arlington, Texas native, Hester joins affiliate head coach Barret Peery and assistant coach Corey Williams to finish the teaching workers for Adams. The Pink Raiders have superior to 3 straight NCAA Tournaments, together with advancing to the 2018 Elite Eight and 2019 NCAA Nationwide Championship Closing. Tech reached the second spherical of the match final season with a first-round win over Utah State and has a 9-Three report within the match over the previous three seasons.
Together with Louisiana Tech, Hester has coached at Oral Roberts, Houston, Texas State, SFA, San Jose State, Prairie View A&M, Texas Faculty, Texas Wesleyan and North Lake Faculty throughout his profession.
“I am a well-rounded coach who will do every part I can to assist this system,” Hester stated. “Recruiting has been a giant a part of my profession however I carry improvement, flooring teaching and work onerous on a regular basis for our gamers to achieve success.”
Hester helped lead Louisiana Tech and head coach Eric Konkol to a 24-Eight report final season and to a third-place end within the Nationwide Invitation Match (NIT) with wins over Ole Miss, Western Kentucky and Colorado State. The Bulldogs had been 12-Four in Convention USA play and noticed Isaiah Crawford and Kenneth Lofton, Jr. earn All-Convention USA Third Group honors and Cobe Williams chosen to the All-Defensive Group. Lofton was additionally chosen because the C-USA Freshman of the Yr after averaging 12.1 ppg. and seven.5 rpg. In his second season in 2019-20, the Bulldogs registered a 22-Eight total report through the common slate earlier than the season was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Hester helped the staff to 20 victories in his first season in Ruston, Louisiana with eight of the 20 victories coming towards groups who additionally produced 20-win seasons, essentially the most in program historical past.
Earlier than LA Tech, Hester coached at Oral Roberts (2017-18) with head coach Paul Mills to assist the Golden Eagles end in a tie for fifth within the Summit League throughout Mills’ first season main this system. Hester was instrumental within the recruitment of Kevin Obanor who would assist lead ORU to the 2021 Candy 16.
Hester additionally labored for Kelvin Sampson at Houston from 2014-17, serving to turnaround the Cougars program which attain the 2020 Closing 4. In his first season at UH, this system had a nine-win enchancment from the 2014-15 to the 2015-16 season, posting 22 victories for the primary time in eight years. The Cougars completed second within the American Athletic Convention and earned an NIT look which was their first postseason motion since 2013. In his second season as an UH assistant, this system had a 21-win season in 2016-17, a third-place end within the AAC and one other journey to the NIT. Whereas at Houston, Hester coached 4 All-AAC picks together with Rob Grey and Damyean Dotson who grew to become the primary duo in this system’s historical past to be chosen first staff in the identical season since 1990.
Hester spent one season as an assistant coach at Texas State (2013-14) and Stephen F. Austin (2012-13). Whereas with the Lumberjacks, the staff posted a 27-5 total report and claimed the Southland Convention common season title.
His first teaching expertise exterior the Lone Star State got here at San Jose State from 2010-12. In his first 12 months with the Spartans, they earned the primary postseason bid for SJSU since 1996 (CBI) and a 17-16 report with the 17 wins being essentially the most because the 1980-81 season.
He would spend 5 seasons at Prairie View A&M (2005-10) the place he was promoted to the place of affiliate head coach. He helped the Panthers to successful data in each the 2008-09 and 2009-10 season, the primary time registering back-to-back successful seasons in many years.
Hester started his teaching profession in 2002 at North Lake Faculty in Irving, Texas earlier than he spent one 12 months at his alma mater Texas Wesleyan and one at Texas Faculty. His teaching resume additionally features a cease with the Texas Rim Rockers of the USA Basketball League as an assistant teaching intern and the Dallas Mustangs AAU staff for one season. He was an assistant coach at Texas Faculty in Tyler, Texas for the 2004-05 season earlier than going to Prairie View A&M.
As a student-athlete, Hester performed at Dallas Christian Faculty through the 1996-97 season. He obtained his bachelor’s diploma in interdisciplinary research from Texas Wesleyan in 2003.
Hester is married to the previous Jamieka Jackson and they’re the dad and mom of a daughter, Rhyan.