Joe Golding Completes His UTEP Coaching Staff with Earl Boykins
Today, UTEP men's basketball head coach Joe Golding hired his third and final assistant coach. Earl Boykins, who spent 16 years in the NBA as a point guard and once played in the Sun Bowl Tournament with Eastern Michigan, was named Miners assistant coach.
"Earl has played at the level our players aspire to be at one day," Coach Golding said in the official release. "He has so much experience and I can’t wait for him to share it with our players. He understands the game of basketball and the different ways it can be played. He will be such a great asset for our program on the floor and with recruits."
Boykins spent the last two seasons at the University of Arkansas serving as the director of student athlete development for head coach Eric Musselman. He joins Jeremy Cox and Butch Pierre as assistant coaches for the Miners. This coaching staff features a veteran bench coach who specializes in working with big men (Cox), a veteran recruiter with tons of high major experience (Pierre), and now a longtime NBA player who will get his first shot as a college assistant (Boykins).
In addition to all three assistants, Coach Golding officially announced the rest of his support staff today. Bryen Spriggs, who worked with Golding at Abilene Christian, will be his Chief of Staff at UTEP. Khristian Smith will join the Miners as Director of Recruiting and Player Development after two seasons as a grad assistant for Chris Beard at Texas Tech. Rounding out the staff is Caleb Villarreal, who will serve as the Director of Basketball Operations. Villarreal had been an assistant coach last season at Prairie View A&M, who won the SWAC Regular Season Championship.