The Oklahoma Sooners and coach Lon Kruger filled out the coaching staff after two previous assistants left in April following the Final Four run for head coaching opportunities when Oklahoma announced the hiring of Carlin Hartman on Wednesday.
Hartman spent the last two seasons with Rice as the Owls' associate head coach. Hartman gives Oklahoma connections in Texas, Louisiana and on the East Coast in terms of recruiting - replacing what the Sooners lost in current Texas-Rio Grande Valley head coach Lew Hill.
Hartman was also the associate head coach at Columbia for four years after working at James Madison (Va.), Centenary, RIchmond, Louisiana-Lafayette, Rice and McNeese State as an assistant.
“I am honored to work with a hall-of-fame coach, Lon Kruger, at such a prestigious university like the University of Oklahoma,” Hartman said in a release through the university. “I look forward to building on last year’s Final Four run and mentoring the program in any way possible.”
Hartman played college basketball at Tulane and was one of the best players in school history.
“We are very pleased to welcome Carlin, his wife Christine and family to Oklahoma,” Kruger said in the release. “Carlin’s experience and success everywhere he has been is well-documented. He will do a terrific job and we are excited for him to get started in Norman.”