Troutman to serve as graduate assistant coach for OC basketball

Former OC guard Brandon Troutman has joined the Eagles' men's basketball staff as a graduate assistant coach.
Former OC guard Brandon Troutman has joined the Eagles' men's basketball staff as a graduate assistant coach.

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 28, 2013) – Brandon Troutman, who played for Oklahoma Christian’s men’s basketball team the past four seasons, has been named as the Eagles’ graduate assistant coach, OC head coach Dan Hays said Sunday.

Troutman will fill the position vacated by Will Chapman, who left the program last week to become an assistant coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State under Bob Battisti, a former OC assistant who was named as Southwestern’s head coach earlier this month.

“Brandon Troutman will be an outstanding addition to our staff as a graduate assistant for next season,” Hays said. “I want to thank Will for a job well done as he completes his master’s degree and joins coach Battisti’s staff at Southwestern. Brandon will start his coaching career following a very good playing career as one of the best long-range shooters in Eagle history.”

Troutman, from Flower Mound, Texas, started at shooting guard the past two seasons for the Eagles after coming off the bench as a freshman and sophomore.

As a junior, he averaged 7.5 points per game while shooting 40.9 percent from 3-point range as OC went 20-13, won the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament title and qualified for the NAIA Division I tournament. This past season, he shot 41.3 percent from behind the arc and averaged 7.8 points per game, helping OC finish 19-12 and reach the title game of the National Christian College Athletic Association tournament.

A physical education major, Troutman became just the seventh player in the program’s history to twice earn Scholar-Athlete honors – from the NAIA as a junior and the NCCAA as a senior.

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