Mike Boynton has added coaching veteran Erik Pastrana to the Oklahoma State staff, the university announced Tuesday.
A native of Miami, Florida, Pastrana comes to Stillwater after spending this past season at Florida Atlantic, helping the Owls to their first winning record since 2010-11. He also coached alongside Boynton at Stephen F. Austin during the program’s 89-14 stretch that included a pair of NCAA Tournament upset victories.
“I am beyond excited to be able to add Erik to our staff,” Boynton said in a statement. “Erik and I worked together for three years and helped to take a strong program to new heights. I would put his ability to evaluate talent and connect with young people at the very highest levels of our profession.
“He has a relentless work ethic and has experienced a great deal of success throughout his time in college basketball. Erik knows our region really well, but also has the ability to help us continue to expand our reach as a program. I look forward to having him on board to help us in our pursuit of sustained excellence.”
Pending a standard background check, Pastrana will replace David Kontaxis, who was not retained after two seasons on the staff.
Pastrana has coached at the college level for 12 years, including as a graduate assistant at Kansas State, head coach at Daytona State in 2017-18 and an assistant at Florida International in 2016-17.
“I’m extremely excited to be joining Mike Boynton’s staff at Oklahoma State,” Pastrana said. “OSU is a tradition-rich program that I came to admire during my time at K-State. Just as importantly, I’ll be joining a head coach that I have the utmost respect for. Mike and I built a special relationship during our run at SFA, and I look forward to continuing the progress this great program has made in his tenure.”
Pastrana began his career as a graduate assistant under Frank Martin at Kansas State in 2007. In his first season, the Wildcats finished third in the Big 12 with a 21-12 record, notched their first NCAA Tournament win since 1988 and saw freshman Michael Beasley selected No. 2 in the NBA draft. Kansas State posted another 20-win season during Pastrana’s second year, earning an at-large bid to the NIT.
Following his experience with the Wildcats, Pastrana worked as an assistant coach at Labette Community College in Parsons, Kansas, and Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida. At NWFSC, Pastrana helped lead the Raiders to a 30-4 record and an appearance in the NJCAA National Championship with a team that featured 10 future Division I signees including the 2013 NJCAA Player of the Year Chris Jones and NJCAA All-American Elgin Cook.
Pastrana also has coached two highly respected AAU programs, the Florida Rams and KC Run GMC. He has a master’s degree in counseling and student development from Kansas State and a bachelor’s degree in history from Florida State.