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TULSA, Okla. - Head Coach Misti Cussen officially completed the 2012-13 Oral Roberts University women’s basketball coaching staff on Friday by adding Kyron Stokes as Director of Operations. In his position, Stokes will oversee ORU’s film exchange and travel coordination, along with additional duties.

Stokes is a familiar name to Golden Eagle fans, having spent four seasons as a member of the ORU men’s basketball team. Stokes averaged 4.8 points per game over his 77-game collegiate career, and he was a member of two 20-win teams.

“Bringing a young, up-and-coming coach like Kyron into the mix will be a great benefit for our staff, and I know our players will enjoy working with him,” said Cussen. “Kyron is already a member of the ORU basketball family, and I am very happy that we will be able to keep him here for another season.”

“It’s always been a dream of mine to make my career coaching basketball,” said Stokes. “I am honored and excited that I can get my start here at ORU, a school where I have spent many great years already.”

A native of Mansfield, Texas, Stokes spent the 2011-12 season as a graduate assistant on the ORU men’s basketball coaching staff. In that capacity, Stokes assisted with practices, film exchange and stat keeping, helping the Golden Eagles to a 27-7 record and a Summit League regular season title. ORU also participated in the National Invitation Tournament during Stokes’ season on the bench, and earned victories over Texas Tech and No. 8 Xavier.

“Kyron has a great work ethic and is going to have a fantastic coaching career,” said Cussen. “It excites me that we will be able to help him get that career started.”

Stokes graduated from ORU in May with B.S. in Marketing, and he is currently pursuing a MBA. He and his wife Brittany reside in Tulsa.

ORU posted a 20-11 record last season and earned their third straight bid to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. The Golden Eagles will begin play in the Southland Conference next season.

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