TULSA, Okla. – Oral Roberts head men's basketball coach Paul Mills has announced the hiring of veteran coach Russell Springmann, it was announced Friday.
Springmann has more 20 years of experience, having spent 17 years on staff at Texas with Rick Barnes. He coached two years at San Diego and was with the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2017-18 season.
In 14 years as an assistant at Texas, Springmann helped the Longhorns to a 334-149 overall record with 13 NCAA Tournament appearances and five "Sweet 16" showings. Springmann was key in helping Texas recruit 14 McDonald's All-Americans, including two who would go on to earn National Player of the Year honors in T.J. Ford (2003) and Kevin Durant (2007).
Springmann graduated from Salisbury State in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in physical education. A native of Silver Spring, Maryland, Springmann and his wife, Neissa, have one son, Durant, and one daughter, Malaine.
Coach Paul Mills on Springmann
"I've known Russell for more than two decades and have admired his work and work ethic while we both coached in the Big 12. He has experience serving programs at the highest level and most recently in the NBA. He has experience, a great family, and a strong desire to propel our players to greater heights as people and players. The opportunity to hire a person of Russell's character and experience is a home run for ORU basketball. I'm excited that Russell, his wife, Neissa and their children, Durant and Malaine will join us in Tulsa as a part of our wonderful staff and university."
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