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DUFFY CONROY | ASSISTANT COACH

Duffy Conroy enters his fifth season as an assistant coach for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.

With his assistance, LA Tech has registered four straight winning seasons, including three 20-win seasons.

The latest 20-win season came recently in 2018-19 with eight of the 20 victories coming against teams who also produced 20-win seasons, the most in program history.  One of those came in the season opener at Wichita State as the Bulldogs shocked the Shockers, handing them only their fourth loss in their last 76 games at home.

The 2017-18 season was highlighted by winning the 10th annual Cancun Challenge championship in Mexico as well as the inaugural New Orleans Shootout.

In 2016-17, the Bulldogs finished second in Conference USA despite being picked seventh in the preseason poll and despite being the second youngest team in the league.

During the 2015-16 season, LA Tech ended up defeating eight teams who advanced to the postseason (most since 1989). Of those was a win in non-conference win play at Ohio State, the program's first victory over a Big Ten school in 30 years.

The `Dogs, led by point guard Alex Hamilton who was chosen as C-USA Player of the Year as well as an honorable mention Associated Press All-American, were picked preseason to finish fifth but ended up in a tie for third in the league to help earn the program's fourth straight postseason appearance which came in the inaugural Vegas16 Tournament.

Hamilton is one of six Bulldogs that have received postseason honors since Conroy arrived in Ruston. Erik McCree and Jacobi Boykins are both two-time All-Conference USA selections and three players have been named to the All-Freshman Team, including DaQuan Bracey who also earned C-USA Freshman of the Year honors, becoming just the fourth Bulldog in program history to do so.

Conroy spent the previous 10 seasons as an assistant coach at Milwaukee under Rob Jeter, helping the Panthers to four postseason appearances including NCAA Tournament berths in 2006 and 2014.

During his stint at Milwaukee, Conroy helped develop 12 All-Horizon league players, two of which came this past season which marked the first time since 2006 the Panthers had multiple players on the league's first or second teams.

At UWM, Conroy also served as the scheduling coordinator and was part of four 20-win seasons, two Horizon League regular season titles and two tournament titles, the most recent one coming in 2014.

After the Panthers had finished last the season prior and having been picked preseason to finish the same way, Milwaukee won four games in eight days to win the championship and earn the automatic berth to the NCAA Division I Tournament for just the fourth time in program history. Milwaukee's 13-win increase from the previous season was the best year-to-year improvement in the country.

The Panthers also enjoyed back-to-back postseason appearances in 2011 and 2012 in the National Invitation Tournament and CollegeInsider.com Tournament, respectively.

In the 2010-11 season, UWM finished the regular season by winning nine straight league games to earn a share of the Horizon League crown. Despite losing to Butler in the conference title game, Conroy and the Panthers had frequent success against the Bulldogs. In 2009, UWM upset 21st-ranked Butler, 63-60, which was the program's first-ever win over a nationally-ranked team during the regular season.

Arguably the most memorable season at Milwaukee for Conroy came in his first season with the team in 2005-06. The Panthers posted a 22-9 overall record, won the Horizon League regular season and conference title, had a school-record three players named all-league, earned a best-ever 11-seed in the NCAA Tournament and collected an upset victory over Oklahoma in the first round.

Conroy began his coaching career at Milwaukee in 2000 as an administrative assistant for Bo Ryan and moved with Ryan to the University of Wisconsin where he served as the video coordinator for two years when the Badgers claimed back-to-back Big Ten Conference regular season titles for the first time in school history and advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2003.

Following his stint with the Badger program, Conroy took over head coaching and athletics director duties at his high school alma mater for the 2003-04 school year before returning to Madison for the 2004-05 campaign. He coordinated the day-to-day operational aspects of the Badger program, including travel and budgetary matters, as UW made a run to the Elite Eight.

Conroy had a successful playing career at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. A two-time all-conference performer as well as a team captain, he led St. Ambrose to three appearances in the NAIA Tournament. As a junior, he helped the Fighting Bees to a 20-win season, then led the squad to 26 victories one year later en route to honorable mention All-America honors.

Born in Naperville, Ill., Conroy was an all-state football and basketball player at Davenport Assumption High School. His brother Ed is the current head coach at Tulane University.

Conroy and his wife, Nikki, have five children -- Callum, Macklin, Keeva, Bradoch and Banion.

 

TALVIN HESTER | ASSISTANT COACH

Talvin Hester enters his second season as an assistant coach for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.

In his first year with the 'Dogs, Hester helped the Bulldogs to a 20-win season.  Eight of the 20 victories came against teams who also produced 20-win seasons, the most in program history.  One of those came in the season opener at Wichita State as the Bulldogs shocked the Shockers, handing them only their fourth loss in their last 76 games at home.

Hester brought 16 years of coaching experience to LA Tech with the majority of that coming from the state of Texas where he worked for eight different programs at the college and professional level.

While at Oral Roberts for the 2017-18 season, Hester joined new head coach Paul Mills to help the Golden Eagles finish in a tie for fifth in the Summit League, improving two spots from the preseason poll.

ORU ending up having four players earn postseason honors, including a pair of specialty awards for each of the two seniors on the squad -- Austin Ruder was named the league's Transfer of the Year while Albert Owens was tabbed as the Sixth Man of the Year.

Prior to coaching the Golden Eagles, Hester joined new head Kelvin Sampson at Houston where he spent three seasons helping turnaround the Cougars program.

UH ended up having a nine-win improvement from the 2014-15 to the 2015-16 season, posting 22 victories for the first time in eight years, while finishing second in the American Athletic Conference and earning an NIT appearance which was their first postseason action since 2013.

The Cougars followed that up with a 21-win season in 2016-17, a third place finish in the AAC and another trip to the NIT. While at Houston, Hester coached four All-AAC selections including Rob Gray and Damyean Dotson who became the first duo in the program's history to be selected first team in the same season since 1990.

Hester also assisted in the Cougars' off-court work, serving Thanksgiving meals to Star of Hope Mission residents and leading a Texas Special Olympics event.

Hester spent one season apiece as an assistant coach at Texas State (2013-14) and Stephen F. Austin (2012-13). While with the Lumberjacks, the team posted a 27-5 overall record, claimed the Southland Conference regular season title and earned a berth into the NIT.

His first coaching experience outside the Lone Star State came at San Jose State from 2010-12. In his first year with the Spartans, they earned the first postseason bid for SJSU since 1996 (CBI) and a 17-16 record with the 17 wins being the most since the 1980-81 season.

Prior to heading to California, he spent five seasons at Prairie View A&M (2005-10) where he was eventually promoted to the position of associate head coach. He helped the Panthers to winning records in both the 2008-09 and 2009-10 season, the first time registering back-to-back winning seasons in decades.

Hester broke into coaching in 2002 at North Lake College in Irving, Texas. He also spent one year at his alma mater Texas Wesleyan.

His coaching resume also includes a stop with the Texas Rim Rockers of the United States Basketball League as an assistant coaching intern and the Dallas Mustangs AAU team for one season. He was an assistant coach at Texas College in Tyler, Texas for the 2004-05 season before going to Prairie View A&M.

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 is married to the former Jamieka Jackson and they are the parents of a daughter, Rhyan.

 

DESMOND HAYMON | ASSISTANT COACH

Louisiana Tech men’s basketball head coach Eric Konkol announced the addition of Desmond Haymon as an assistant coach on the Bulldog staff.
 
Haymon comes to Ruston having spent the last nine seasons in Nacogdoches, Texas at Stephen F. Austin where he was a player, graduate manager and assistant coach.
 
“Desmond Haymon is a tremendous person and has an energy about him that brings the best out of people,” said Konkol.  “He has experience playing and coaching in the NCAA Tournament and has also developed a reputation as a skilled recruiter.  Our student-athletes will feel his energy every day and benefit from his strong work ethic and genuine interest in their development.  We are very happy to have Desmond, his wife Chandra, and their son DJ join the Louisiana Tech family."
 
For the past two years, Haymon has worked as an assistant coach for the Lumberjacks under head coach Kyle Keller.  He played a key role in the development of guards Shannon Bogues and Kevon Harris who both were two-time All-Southland Conference selections.
 
In his first year as an assistant coach in 2017-18, he helped the ‘Jacks to a 28-7 overall record, including a program-best 16 home wins, and a Southland Tournament championship which resulted in a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
 
The year culminated with Haymon being named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Under Armour 30-Under-30 list.  The NABC’s annual list recognizes the exemplary efforts of young men’s basketball coaches and featured 15 NCAA Division I assistant coaches, including Haymon.
 
“I am humbled and excited for the opportunity to join coach Konkol and his staff in Ruston,” said Haymon.  “He has maintained Louisiana Tech’s reputation as one of the nation’s premier programs while the fans and Ruston community made this chance one I could not pass up.
 
“For almost a decade, SFA and the Nacogdoches community have been my home.  I will be forever grateful for every opportunity SFA gave me, both as a player and a coach.  The program and community will always hold a special place in my heart.”
 
From 2014-17, the Pickens, Mississippi native spent his time at SFA as a graduate assistant/video coordinator.  In that role, he assisted in film breakdown, opponent scouting, creating recruiting materials as well as working in practices, workouts and other day-to-day office duties.
 
During this time, the ‘Jacks won the Southland Conference regular season and tournament titles twice, advancing to the NCAA Tournament on two occasions.
 
Haymon was no stranger to the Big Dance.  As a senior in 2013-14, he was responsible for producing one of the most famous plays in ‘Jacks history and his four-point play with just seconds to go in the second round bout with VCU sent the game into overtime and eventually led to SFA’s first NCAA Tournament win.
 
He amassed 1,159 career points, graduating as the all-time winningest player in SFA history with 97 victories.
 
Haymon earned numerous honors during his playing career, including 2014 Second Team All-Southland and Second Team NABC All-District, two-time Southland All-Tournament selection, 2013 Honorable Mention All-Southland and was a three-time Southland Conference All-Academic honoree.
 
Haymon received his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with a minor in general business in 2014 before earning a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in December of 2016.
 
He and his wife, Chandra, have a son, Desmond, Jr.

 

JOSH WOLFE | DIRECTOR OF BASKETBALL OPERATIONS

Louisiana Tech head coach Eric Konkol announced on May 16 the hiring of Josh Wolfe as the new Director of Basketball Operations for the Bulldog Basketball team.
 
Wolfe comes from Western Illinois where he has spent the past six seasons as both an associate head coach and assistant coach for the Leathernecks under Billy Wright and Jim Molinari.
 
“We are happy to welcome Josh, his wife Molly, and their children, Kaelyn and Kaden, to the Tech Family,” said Konkol.  “Josh is experienced, incredibly organized, and has a passion for people.  He has a keen understanding of all aspects of a college basketball program and will have a major impact on our team.  We are fortunate Josh and his family are joining us in Ruston.”
 
Wolfe’s sixth year at WIU was highlighted by an upset victory over the three-time reigning Summit League champions South Dakota State in the quarterfinal round of the league tournament, becoming the first No. 8 seed in conference history to defeat the No. 1 seed.
 
Another marquee win for Wolfe and the Leathernecks came in 2015-16 when they opened the season by knocking off No. 17 Wisconsin on the road.  The victory marked the program’s first win over a nationally-ranked team in the Division I era.  WIU ended up receiving points in the AP Top 25 poll for the first time ever as a result.
 
The most successful season at WIU for Wolfe came in 2012-13 when the team earned a share of the Summit League regular season championship while finishing 22-9 overall, recording more wins than any other team in the program’s D1 history.  The Leathernecks ended up making an appearance in the College Basketball Invitational.
 
"I would like to thank coach Konkol for giving me the opportunity to join his staff at Louisiana Tech University,” said Wolfe.  My family and I are excited to join the University and Ruston community.  I look forward to assisting the coaching staff and the student-athletes who have continued to build upon the successful tradition of LA Tech athletics.”
 
Prior to WIU, Wolfe spent six years as an assistant coach at Wisconsin-Parkside and was part of all activities in the basketball program as well as serving as the Director of the department’s CHAMPS/Life Skills program.
 
He helped the Rangers to back-to-back winning seasons in his first two years, including the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance.
 
Before heading to UW-Parkside, Wolfe spent two years as an assistant coach at Lakeland College, a NCAA Division II school in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  In his last year at Lakeland, the Muskies finished with a 21-6 record and a Lake Michigan Conference championship.  It marked the program's first 20-plus win season in over a decade.

From 2001-2004, Wolfe was an assistant coach at Hope College, a Division III school in Holland, Michigan. In Wolfe’s time at Hope, the Flying Dutchmen won two conference championships (2003 & 2004) while also making two NCAA Tournament appearances (2002 & 2003).

Wolfe, originally from Cedar Springs, Michigan, holds a Bachelor’s of Art in Secondary Education from Hope College and a Master’s of Education from Lakeland College. Josh and his wife Molly have two children, Kaelyn and Kaden.

 

KJ CONKLIN | GRADUATE MANAGER

KJ Conklin enters his second year as a graduate assistant for the Bulldog Basketball program.

Conklin came to Louisiana Tech from Illinois State where he was a student manager for four years under head coach Dan Muller and received his bachelor's degree in Social Science Education.

Prior to his arrival in Ruston, Conklin served as a varsity assistant basketball coach at Sterling High School for the 2017-18 season under coach Ryan Vasquez.  In that season, Sterling went 23-10, won a Northern Illinois Big 12 conference championship and made a State 3A Sweet 16 appearance while also amassing a 15-game winning streak.

Conklin has also been a Pure Sweat intern under NBA Skills trainer Drew Hanlen during the summers of 2018 and 2019.  In his time as an intern, he has helped with the development of several premier NBA and college players in the pre-draft process.

He has previously worked in college camps at Iowa, Marquette, Kentucky and Illinois State.  

He is currently pursuing his master's degree in Business Administration.

He is the son of Keith Conklin and Krista Lightner and has one brother, Kobe.

 

ALLEN MASSEY | GRADUATE MANAGER

Allen Massey is entering his first year as a graduate manager for the Louisiana Tech Men's Basketball program.
 
Massey came to Louisiana Tech from Drake University where he was a student manager for the men's basketball program for four years, helping with administrative tasks, on-court workouts, statistical breakdowns and film breakdowns as head manager.  He served under four head coaches during his four years -- Ray Giacolleti, Jeff Rutter, Niko Medved and Darien Devries -- and was part of the 2018-19 season that saw Drake win the Missouri Valley Conference championship.

He also worked all four years for both the Drake men’s and women’s basketball camps and in 2018 was the director of the men’s basketball camps.

As a student at Drake, Massey was on the Dean’s List while earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing.

He is currently pursuing his master’s degree at LA Tech in Business Administration.
 
Massey is a native of Galesburg, Illinois. He is the son of Evan and Amy Massey and comes from a coaching family.  Both Massey’s grandfather (W.F.Massey) and father (Evan Massey) have been inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.

 

TYLER DOYLE | GRADUATE MANAGER

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