Staff
Assistant Coach
Rodney Perry

Rodney Perry joined the Golden Eagles prior to the 2016-17 season from Avila University where he was the head coach for seven years. Perry was also the head coach for the MOKAN Elite AAU team that won the 2016 Nike Peach Jam Championship. Over the summer of 2016, Perry was also selected as a court coach for the 2016 USA Basketball Men's U17 World Championship Team training camp.

The 1995 AAU Coach of the Year after winning a national championship, Perry was also selected as a coach for the USA Men's West Team competing at the 2012 Nike Global Challenge Basketball Tournament in Washington D.C. Perry also earned gold at the 2015 Nike Global Challenge.

Perry is a graduate of Missouri State and helped the Bears to a pair of postseason appearances, including a 23-8 NCAA Tournament team in 1992. He earned his bachelor's degree in physical education and began coaching in 1994 as an assistant in the Missouri high school system. He coached at a pair of high schools before jumping to the college ranks, where he spent time on staff at Duquesne, Western Illinois and Southwest Baptist.

Director of Operations/Camp Coordinator
Steve Upshaw

The 2016-17 season is Steve Upshaw’s 15th year on the ORU basketball staff. Upshaw joined the Golden Eagles after coaching at the high school level.

In his position, Upshaw coordinates the day-to-day operations of the men’s basketball office. He also monitors the team’s academic progress, coordinates team travel and camps.

A 1992 graduate of Northeastern State, Upshaw has been with the Golden Eagles for three NCAA Tournaments, two NITs and two CIT berths. With Upshaw on the sidelines in 2012-13, ORU advanced to the third round of the CIT, winning the first postseason game at ORU since the 1974-75 season.

Born on April 1, 1968 in Jenks, Okla., Upshaw played high school basketball at Cleveland with former ORU assistant Conley Phipps.

Upshaw is married to the former Janet Williams. He has one son, Zeke, and three stepchildren: Lyndsey, Ty and Ashley.

Director of Sports Medicine
John Joslin

John Joslin has been at ORU since 2008, and serves as the Director of Sports Medicine.

Joslin came to ORU after spending the previous three years as Head Athletic Trainer for the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Developmental League.

A 1988 graduate of the University of Tulsa, Joslin worked at EOOC for 23 years, where was responsible for patient education, outreach programs for local high schools and contract event coverage. He also assisted athletic training students during clinical rotations.

Joslin gained valuable experience as Head Athletic Trainer for the Tulsa Ambush of the National Professional Soccer League from 1991-1992. He also served an internship with the NFL’s New England Patriots in 1986.

A member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the former chairman of the Oklahoma Athletic Trainers Association (1997-2005), Joslin is certified by the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision, as well as the NATA.

Joslin has a daugther, Mikayla, a stepson, Brandon, and a grandaughter, Cheyenne.

Director of Sports Performance
Tyler Whitmer

Tyler Whitmer was promoted to Director of Sports Performance over the summer of 2015, and is in his third year at Oral Roberts University. In his current role, Whitmer develops and implements training programs for the Golden Eagles, overseeing the training efforts of all 16 teams.

As a member of ORU’s sports performance staff, Whitmer schedules workouts for each student-athlete in the ORU athletic department. He also assists in the design and execution of ORU’s sports nutrition program, working to educate student-athletes on their optimal nutritional needs.

Whitmer is Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified by the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches’ Association, and he’s a Level I Sport Performance Coach through United States of America Weightlifting. He’s also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association, and he’s First Aid Certified through the American Heart Association.

Whitmer obtained his B.S. in Health & Exercise Science from Colorado State University in 2011. He went on to earn a M.S. in education, with a concentration in exercise physiology, from the University of Kansas in 2013.

A native of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Whitmer and his wife, Auston, reside in Tulsa.

Video Coordinator
Patrick Reside

Patrick Reside has been the video coordinator at ORU for the past four years. His duties include game breakdown, film exchange and assisting in the preparing of scouting reports. He also helps with the day-to-day operations of the men’s basketball program.

Prior to taking over the video coordinator responsibilities, Reside was a student manager for the ORU basketball team from 2009-13. He earned his bachelor’s degree in leadership studies in 2013 and his master’s degree in education in 2015.