Talvin Hester joined the men's basketball staff for the 2012-13 season, most recently after a two-year stint with at San Jose State University.
Prior to his time at San Jose, Hester spent five seasons (2006-2010) on the Prairie View A&M staff, eventually being promoted to the position of associate head coach. He helped the Panthers to winning records in both the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons after Prairie View had suffered five consecutive losing seasons, failing to win at least 10 games in each of those seasons and not having back-to-back winning records for a 50-year span.
With Hester's assistance, the Panthers emerged as not only one of the top defensive teams in the Southwest Athletic Conference, but in the nation. In 2009-10, Prairie View ranked in the top 15 nationally in field goal percentage defense (14th) and three-point field goal percentage defense (11th) last season.
Hester broke into coaching in 2002 at North Lake College in Irving, Texas. His wide-ranging coaching resume includes stops with the Texas Rim Rockers of the United States Basketball League as an assistant coaching intern and the Dallas Mustangs AAU team for one season. He was an assistant coach at Texas College in Tyler, Texas for the 2005 season before going to Prairie View A&M.
A 2003 Texas Wesleyan University graduate, he majored in interdisciplinary studies. Hester played his college basketball at Dallas Christian College.
A Toledo, Ohio native, he is married to his wife, Jamieka, who is an elementary school teacher who specializing in teaching English as a second language.