KENT STATE NAMES STAN HEATH HEAD MENS BASKETBALL COACH
Former Michigan State assistant to guide Golden Flashes
KENT, Ohio Stan Heath, who helped lead Michigan State University to a
national championship and three consecutive berths in the NCAA Final Four
as an assistant coach, has been named the 20th head mens basketball coach
in Kent State University history, KSU Director of Athletics Laing Kennedy
announced April 19.
Heath, 36, spent the past five seasons under Michigan State mentor Tom
Izzo, establishing MSU as one of the nations preeminent basketball
programs. The Spartans won the 2000 NCAA Division I national championship
and have captured four consecutive Big Ten Conference regular-season
titles. In addition, Heath helped direct MSU to Big Ten Tournament crowns
in 1999 and 2000. During his tenure at the East Lansing school, the
Spartans posted a record of 132-37, including a 115-25 mark in the past
four seasons. Michigan State advanced to the Final Four and won at least
28 games each of the past three years, highlighted by a school-record 33 in
1998-99 and 32 in 1999-2000.
Heath, who has signed a five-year contract, replaces Gary Waters who
accepted the head coaching position at Rutgers University April 6 following
five seasons at Kent State.
I am very pleased that Stan has accepted the opportunity to become our
head mens basketball coach, said Kennedy. He brings a proven track
record of coaching at the highest intercollegiate level in being part of a
national championship program at Michigan State while also having deep
roots in the Mid-American Conference.
Heath assumes the reigns of a Kent State program that has posted a record
of 70-25 and advanced to national postseason tournaments each of the past
three seasons. The 2000-01 Golden Flashes won the schools first MAC East
Division championship, captured the second MAC Tournament title in the past
three years, and defeated Indiana University in the first round of the NCAA
Tournament. Along the way, the Flashes established a school record with 24
victories, surpassing the 23 games won each of the previous two seasons.
Im excited and looking forward to the challenges at Kent State
University, Heath said. I feel like this is an excellent fit for me as
well as the returning teammembers and the future of Kent State basketball.
While at Michigan State, Heath coached some of college basketballs most
decorated players. Jason Richardson and Charlie Bell earned All-America
honors this past season, while Morris Peterson and Mateen Cleaves were
All-Americans and NBA first-round draft picks in 2000. Heath also
recruited four McDonalds High School All-Americans to Michigan State
Richardson, Marcus Taylor, Zach Randolph and Kelvin Torbert.
Prior to going to Michigan State, Heath was an assistant coach at Bowling
Green State University in the MAC during the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons
under current George Mason University head coach Jim Larranaga.
>From 1991-94 Heath was an assistant coach at Wayne State (Mich.) University
for three highly successful seasons. The Tartars qualified for the NCAA
Division II regional final each of his three years at the Detroit school
and advanced to the national semifinals in 1993. They also won two Great
Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season championships and
one league tournament title while posting a record of 70-23. He was
promoted to associate head coach for the 1993-94 season when Wayne State
set a school record with 25 victories (25-5), including a 17-game winning
Heath began his collegiate coaching career as the top assistant at
Hillsdale College during the 1988-89 season before spending two years at
Albion College, where he was the top assistant and the junior varsity head
coach. He previously was the assistant varsity and head freshman coach at
Lincoln High School in Ypsilanti, Mich., in the 1987-88 campaign.
A native of Detroit, Heath played collegiate basketball at Eastern Michigan
University from 1983-87, earning varsity letters each of his last three
seasons. He also received all-state honors as a prep at Catholic Central
High School in Detroit.
Heath earned a bachelors degree in social science form Eastern Michigan in
1988 and went on to receive a masters degree in sports administration from
Wayne State in 1993.
He is married to the former Ramona Webb, and the couple has two children,
Jordan (9) and Joshua (6).
The Stan Heath File
Full Name: Stanley Heath III
Birthdate: Dec. 17, 1964 (36 years old)
Hometown: Detroit, Mich.
Education: Bachelor of Sciences (social science), Eastern Michigan
Master of Education (sports administration), Wayne State (Mich.)
Wife: Married to the former Ramona Webb
Children: Jordan (9), Joshua (6)
Collegiate Coaching Information
Year School Position Record Championships/Highlights
2000-01 Michigan State Assistant Coach 28-5 NCAA Final Four appearance, Big
44-game home winning streak
1999-2000 Michigan State Assistant Coach 32-7 NCAA national champions, Big
Big Ten Tournament champions
1998-99 Michigan State Assistant Coach 33-5 NCAA Final Four appearance, Big
Big Ten Tournament champions,
school-record 33 wins
1997-98 Michigan State Assistant Coach 22-8 Big Ten champions, NCAA Sweet
1996-97 Michigan State Assistant Coach 17-12 NIT second-round appearance
1995-96 Bowling Green Assistant Coach 14-13
1994-95 Bowling Green Assistant Coach 16-11
1993-94 Wayne State Assoc. Head Coach 25-5 NCAA regional finalist, GLIAC
school-record 25 wins
1992-93 Wayne State Assistant Coach 22-10 NCAA semifinalist,
GLIAC Tournament champions
1991-92 Wayne State Assistant Coach 23-8 NCAA regional finalist, GLIAC
1990-91 Albion Assistant Coach 12-13
1989-90 Albion Assistant Coach 13-11
1988-89 Hillsdale Assistant Coach 11-18
What Theyre Saying About Stan Heath ...
Tom Izzo, Michigan State head coach
Theres no question Stan is ready for this job. In his five years at
Michigan State, hes helped us go from start to finish with three Final
Four appearances and one national championship. Weve built it and
maintained it, and hes been a big part of that on the court and on the
recruiting trail. Im from the Jud Heathcote school where assistant
coaches have to do a lot of things. I make the final decision but theyve
had suggestive powers. Stan related well with the kids, and you wont find
a guy whos more loyal. Most importantly, hes not afraid to work. Gary
Waters did an incredible job. Now its Stans job to maintain and build
upon that, and hes been part of the blueprint of how weve done it here.
We wouldnt be where we are today without the job Stan did.
Andy Katz, ESPN.com College Basketball Writer
Stan has done a tremendous job of networking around the country both at
the recruiting, coaching and media level. Kent State found a gem in Stan.
Hes as personable a coach as any in the Mid-American Conference and is a
natural in his comfort zone of the Midwest. Gary Waters got Kent State to
the NCAA second round, leaving a high-water mark for Stan. But he is up to
the challenge of keeping the Flashes near or atop the MAC.
Dan Wetzel, Sportsline.com Senior Writer
Kent State just hired a plain and simple winner in Stan Heath. This is a
guy who brings great energy, integrity and skill to the job. He was
instrumental in helping Michigan State become one of the nations dominant
programs in the country the last three seasons. With Stans Midwest
recruiting ties and obvious bench skills, I would expect Kent State to
remain a team to beat in the Mid-American Conference and a dangerous
program on the national stage. As a person and a leader, he should
be extremely popular both on campus and in the local community. This is a
terrific hire at a critical juncture for Kent State.
Jay Bilas, ESPN College Basketball Commentator
Stan is one of the bright young coaches in America. He was very well
schooled under Tom Izzo and that was obvious in the amount of time (Izzo)
relied upon him for both bench and floor coaching. He is a great hire for
Kent State. Youre going to hear Stans name a lot the next couple of years.
Seth Davis, Sports Illustrated College Basketball Writer
Stan is a great hire for Kent State, its a perfect match. Hes bright,
talented and ambitious. Plus he has very high character, and he knows how
Sports Illustrated says ...
In the March 19 issue of Sports Illustrated, Heath was recognized as one of
five college coaches waiting in the wings along with Iowa State assistant
(now Idaho head coach) Leonard Perry, Florida assistant John Pelphrey, Iona
head coach Jeff Ruland and Hofstra (now Villanova) head coach Jay Wright.