Talvin Hester

    Hometown:
    Arlington, Texas

    High School:
    Texas Christian Academy '96

    Last College:
    Texas Wesleyan '03

    Position:
    Assistant Coach

    Birthdate:
    07/16/1978

    Joined Houston:
    April 2014

    Talvin Hester

    04/28/2014

    Assistant Coach Talvin Hester Joins Men's Basketball

    Veteran becomes newest member of Head Coach Kelvin Sampson's Staff

    Veteran coach Talvin Hester joined the University of Houston Men's Basketball program in late April 2014.

    "We are excited to bring Talvin into our program. He is a high-character leader and has great relationships with basketball people at all levels in Houston and around the state of Texas. I love his enthusiasm and energy, and he will add to the culture we are building here and the winning program we will have in the future."

    Hester spent the 2013-14 season at Texas State for head coach Danny Kaspar. It was the second time during his career that he worked on Kaspar's staff after spending the 2012-13 season at Stephen F. Austin.

    While at SFA, Hester helped lead the Lumberjacks to an impressive 27-5 record, the Southland Conference regular-season championship and a berth in the NIT. SFA posted the fourth-best record among NCAA Division I teams and finished with the No. 1 scoring defense nationally.

    TALVIN HESTER
    Full Name Talvin Germaine Hester
    Hometown Arlington, Texas
    Birthdate July 16, 1978
    College Texas Wesleyan '03
    Family Married to the former Jamieka Jackson
    Daughter: Rhyan
    COACHING EXPERIENCE
    Year Team, Position
    2014 - Houston, Assistant Coach
    2013-14 Texas State, Assistant Coach
    2012-13 Stephen F. Austin, Assistant Coach
    2010-12 San Jose State, Assistant Coach
    2005-10 Prairie View A&M, Assistant Coach
    2004-05 Texas College, Assistant Coach
    2003-04 Texas Wesleyan, Assistant Coach
    2003 Texas Rim Rockers (USBL),
    Assistant Coach Intern
    2002-03 North lake College, Assistant Coach
    PLAYING EXPERIENCE
    1996-97 Dallas Christian College

    Prior to his stint at Stephen F. Austin, Hester worked from 2010 to 2012 at San Jose State. There, he helped guide the Spartans to impressive non-conference wins over Oregon and the University of San Francisco. During the 2009-10 season, San Jose State earned its first postseason bid since 1996 and posted the program's most wins since the 1980-81 campaign.

    In addition to his team's on-court accomplishments, Hester also was recognized off the court. In the summer of 2011, he was one of a select few invited to participate in the NCAA Black Coaches and Administrators Achieving Coaching Excellence Program.

    This prestigious four-day program was designed to prepare racial and ethnic minority basketball coaches for success as future head coaches.

    Hester worked for five seasons (2005-10) on the staff at Prairie View A&M and was eventually promote to associate head coach. He helped lead the Panthers to consecutive winning seasons in 2008 and 2009 after Prairie View A&M had suffered five straight losing seasons and not enjoyed back-to-back winning seasons in 32 years.

    With Hester's leadership, the Panthers emerged as one of the Southwestern Athletic Conference's and the nation's top defensive squads. Following the 2009-10 season, Prairie View A&M ranked among the nation's top-15 leaders in field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage defense.

    Hester broke into the coaching ranks as an assistant coach at North Lake College during the 2002-03 season. From there, he spent one year (2003) with the Texas Rim Rockers of the United States Basketball League and worked for one year at his alma mater, Texas Wesleyan during the 2003-04 season.

    Hester also worked as an assistant coach at Texas College for the 2004-05 season before entering the NCAA Division I ranks with Prairie View A&M in 2005.

    As a student-athlete, Hester competed at Dallas Christian College during the 1996-97 season. He received his bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from Texas Wesleyan in 2003.

    He and his wife, Jamieka, have a daughter, Rhyan.

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