Head Coach
Paul Mills

Paul Mills was named the head coach for ORU basketball on April 28, 2017 after 14 years on staff at Baylor.

“This is an exciting day for ORU basketball. Coach Mills has a wealth of top level NCAA experience and comes to us fully prepared to advance the ORU men’s basketball program to new heights,” said Carter. “I love the passion Coach Mills has for his players and this will be key as we continue to develop whole person champions.Coach Mills is here for the long-haul committing to a five year contract building toward a strong Golden Eagle men’s basketball future.”

“I am honored to accept this role of representing this historic institution, its students and its mission,” said Mills. “Making this commitment today is a highlight of my career and I look forward with excitement to the basketball season directly ahead. Go Golden Eagles.”

“In Coach Mills we have a man of great character who has a passion for mentoring young men to be good citizens, good husbands, and spiritual leaders. Coach Mills has a fantastic family and a strong competitive nature,” said ORU President William Wilson. “We are excited for the days ahead.”

While on the staff at Baylor with Head Coach Scott Drew, Mills has helped the Bears graduate 36 of 38 seniors and has helped lead Baylor to a pair of NCAA Elite Eights, four Sweet 16’s and four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. The Bears have been ranked in the top 25 for 10 straight seasons and were ranked number one in the country for the first time in school history during the 2016-17 season.

Mills was on the Rice staff from 2002-03 and the head coach at Fort Bend Christian Academy from 1999-2002, taking them to the TAPPS 4A Final Four for the first time in school history and was the South Region Coach of the Year and a four-time District Coach of the Year. Prior to his time in Sugar Land, Texas, Mills won three straight district championships as the head coach at North Belt Christian.

Mills served as the Big 12 representative for the National Association of Basketball Coaches and was a board member for the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches from 2001-03. He is a 1996 graduate of Texas A&M with a degree in finance, and is married to Wendy Scott-Mills. The couple has two daughters, Audrey and Abbey.

Assistant Coach
Sam Patterson

Sam Patterson joined the ORU staff May 3, 2017, joining Head Coach Paul Mills’ staff after 13 seasons at Baylor, including the final five as the director of video operations. Patterson also spent six years as a student manager and graduate assistant and two years as a video coordinator.

Patterson joined the Baylor program as a student manager during the 2004-05 season -- head coach Scott Drew's second season at Baylor -- and ascended to head manager prior to the 2006-07 campaign. In 2008, he was named graduate assistant, taking charge of film exchange and leading in the coordination and breakdown of video.

For the his final seven years in Waco, Patterson served as camp director of the Scott Drew Basketball Camps at Baylor, hiring staff, creating camp schedules and directing camps of over 250 campers. From 2007-09, he served as Big 12 Conference president for the non-profit organization "Managers vs. Cancer." He recruited new members and assisted in the contribution of auction items for charity.

In addition to Baylor, Patterson has been a camp coach at over 20 summer basketball camps nationwide, including Notre Dame, Florida, Ohio State, Butler and Five Star Basketball.

The San Antonio, Texas, native graduated with his bachelor's degree in sociology in 2008 and his master's degree in sport management in May 2010.

Patterson married the former Tricia Lovvorn in May 2010, and they have a daughter, Joy.

What Mills says about Patterson
“I have worked with Sam for each of the past 13 seasons. He has had a great deal to do with the success at Baylor and has contributed significantly to our offensive success during that time. His international ties and knowledge of Teas will help enhance our recruiting too. The ORU community will be ecstatic that Sam, Tricia and Joy are a part of this basketball program.”

Assistant Coach
Solomon Bozeman

Solomon Bozeman joined the ORU staff in April 2018 after two years on staff at his alma mater, Little Rock.

Bozeman is one of the most decorated players in Little Rock History, having earned AP All-American honorable mention and Sun Belt Player of the Year honors as a senior in 2011. He hit a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining to lift LR to a 64-63 win over North Texas in the 2011 Sun Belt Tournament championship, sending the Trojans to its fourth NCAA Tournament. Following his time in Little Rock, Bozeman played professionally in the D League and in a number of leagues overseas.

After his playing career, Bozeman worked at Abilene Christian for two years before returning to Little Rock. At ACU, Bozeman was the primary recruiter on Jaylen Franklin, the 2015-16 Southland Conference Freshman of the Year.

Coach Paul Mills on Bozeman
"I am excited to welcome Solomon and his wife Myla to Oral Roberts University. Solomon was a decorated player, has been able to build the programs he has been involved with as a coach, is a high character leader, and has an outstanding work ethic. I'm excited to have Solomon join our staff and his contributions will be significant and immediate."

Assistant Coach
Russell Springmann

Veteran coach Russell Springmann was hired as an assistant coach May 2018 after one year with the Oklahoma City Thunder organization.

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.

Director of Operations
Steve Upshaw

The 2018-19 season is Steve Upshaw’s 17th year on the ORU basketball staff. Upshaw joined the Golden Eagles after coaching at the high school level.

In his position, Upshaw coordinates the day-to-day operations of the men’s basketball office. He also monitors the team’s academic progress, coordinates team travel and camps.

A 1992 graduate of Northeastern State, Upshaw has been with the Golden Eagles for three NCAA Tournaments, two NITs and two CIT berths. With Upshaw on the sidelines in 2012-13, ORU advanced to the third round of the CIT, winning the first postseason game at ORU since the 1974-75 season.

Born on April 1, 1968 in Jenks, Okla., Upshaw played high school basketball at Cleveland with former ORU assistant Conley Phipps.

Upshaw is married to the former Janet Williams. He has one son, Zeke, and three stepchildren: Lyndsey, Ty and Ashley.

Video Coordinator
Iain Laymon

Iain Laymon is in his second year with the Golden Eagle men's basketball team after joining the staff in 2017-18. Laymon serves as the video coordinator, aiding with the collection and distribution of game film as well as assisting the coaching staff in cutting clips for scouting reports.

Prior to coming to ORU, Laymon worked with Coach Tom Crean at Indiana, where he earned his undergraduate degree. For the past two summers, Laymon has traveled to Liberia with Managers on a Mission.

Director of Sports Medicine
John Joslin

The 2017-18 season marks John Joslin’s 10th athletic season as the school’s Director of Sports Medicine. Joslin supervises all athletic training and sports medicine efforts for each of ORU’s 16 intercollegiate teams. During the winter season, Joslin travels with ORU’s men’s basketball team, and he is often present at ORU home events in every sport.

Joslin came to ORU after spending the previous three years as Head Athletic Trainer for the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Developmental League.

A 1988 graduate of the University of Tulsa, Joslin worked at EOOC for 23 years, where was responsible for patient education, outreach programs for local high schools and contract event coverage. He also assisted athletic training students during clinical rotations.

Joslin gained valuable experience as Head Athletic Trainer for the Tulsa Ambush of the National Professional Soccer League from 1991-1992. He also served an internship with the NFL’s New England Patriots in 1986.

A member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the former chairman of the Oklahoma Athletic Trainers Association (1997-2005), Joslin is a member of the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision, as well as the NATA.Joslin has a daugther, Mikayla, a stepson, Brandon, and a grandaughter, Cheyenne

Director of Sports Performance
Ashtin Meerpohl

Ashtin Meerpohl joined the ORU Athletic Department as Assistant Director of Sports Performance in April 2018 after spending 10 months as a Sports Performance Assistant at The University of Kansas.

In his time with the Jayhawks, Meerpohl directly oversaw the development and implementation of sport-specific training programs for the women’s rowing and spirit squads. He also assisted with eight other athletic teams including, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, softball, swimming and golf.

Prior to his time at Kansas, Meerpohl was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for football at Southwest Minnesota State University where he oversaw all aspects of football sports performance.

Meerpohl completed sports performance internships at The University of Kansas working with 15 intercollegiate athletic teams and The Ohio State University working with football where he was a part of the 2016 Fiesta Bowl Championship.

A native of Holton, Kansas, Meerpohl earned his B.S.E in Community Health from The University of Kansas in 2015. He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is Adult First Aid/CPR/AED Certified through the American Red Cross.