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Men’s college basketball: Tyson Batiste joins Tech coaching staff

by Russell Hedges

By Kane McGuire, Louisiana Tech Associate Athletic Director/Strategic Communications

RUSTON — Louisiana Tech head coach Talvin Hester announced Wednesday that Tyson Batiste will be joining the Bulldog staff as an assistant coach.
 
Batiste has spent the last two seasons at Sacramento State, first serving as director of basketball operations before being promoted to assistant coach.
 
“We are so excited to have Tyson join our program,” said Hester.  “I had the pleasure of working alongside him and know how much of a hard worker he is.  We are looking forward to him bringing a variety of experiences to our team, from guard development to recruiting and scouting.  Our players will love working with him.”
 
This past season, Batiste helped the Hornets defeat Idaho and top-seeded Eastern Washington in the Big Sky Tournament, advancing the semifinals for the first time since 2015.  In year one with Sacramento State, the team finished sixth in the league and earned a first-round by in the Big Sky Tournament for the first time since 1996.
 
“I am honored to be reuniting with coach Hester,” said Batiste.  “The chance to help lead the historic Louisiana Tech program, be closer to home, and work with this talented staff and team was an opportunity I could not pass up.  I cannot wait to get to work to help continue pushing the Bulldog program forward as well as joining the great community of Ruston.”
 
Prior to joining the Sacramento State staff, Batiste spent the 2021-22 season as a graduate assistant at Texas Tech.  While with the Red Raiders, he worked alongside Hester and LA Tech assistant coach Darshawn McClellan as Texas Tech made a run all the way to the NCAA Sweet 16.
 
Batiste was also a graduate assistant at Arkansas in 2020-21 when the Razorbacks made it to the Elite 8. 
 
He played three years at Central Connecticut (2016-19) where he was a two-time team captain.  He played his final season (2019-20) as a graduate transfer at The Citadel where he was also a team captain and finished 40th in the country in assists per game (5.3).
 
The Springfield, Missouri native earned his bachelor’s degree in general business management from Central Connecticut in 2019.

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