“I am really excited to join the SMU family,” Cooper said in a release. “I am looking forward to contributing to the achievements of this program, and helping the staff and student-athletes continue to be successful.”
Cooper spent this past season as the special assistant to Boynton after being an assistant coach the previous two campaigns. Prior to coming to Stillwater, he was the head coach at Miami (Ohio) for five years and three years at Tennessee State. He also had assistant coaching stops at Fayettville State (1993-95), South Carolina (1995-2001), Oregon (2002-04) and Auburn (2004-09).
Known Coop since I was 17. He's family to me. I am thankful for all he's done to help us rebuild the fabric of @OSUMBB. Him and his family will be missed greatly. @SMUBasketball is getting one of the BEST people I've ever met and they will immediately feel his positive impact. https://t.co/SYpKpg7UwS— Mike Boynton (@thacoachmike) October 2, 2020
Cooper is the second person from the OSU program to head to SMU this offseason after center Yor Anei transferred there following the NCAA’s one-year postseason ban against the Cowboys.
Boynton now has three assistants with Scott Sutton, Erik Pastrana and Cannen Cunningham.