– Sports Management Network client Stan Heath, whose brief head coaching career at the collegiate level has already included multiple postseason appearances, has been named the new head men's basketball coach at the University of South Florida, Director of Athletics Doug Woolard announced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
Heath, 42, arrives at USF after serving as head coach at the University of Arkansas for each of the previous five seasons. While with the Razorbacks, Heath guided the program to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances (2006, 2007) and an overall record of 82-71. UA posted 20-win campaigns in each of the previous two seasons and 2006-07 was highlighted by a run to the championship game of the Southeastern Conference Tournament and subsequent participation in the NCAA's.
"I couldn't be more pleased to introduce Stan Heath as our men's head basketball coach," Woolard said. "He has had tremendous success at every level of college basketball. During his five years as an assistant at Michigan State, their team went to the NIT, Sweet 16, Final Four twice, and won a National Championship.
"During his one season at Kent State, he led what many people consider to be a mid-major school to a 30-6 record and an Elite Eight appearance," Woolard added. "During his five years as a head coach at Arkansas, his recruiting classes were ranked in the top 15-or-better three times. Additionally, the last two seasons his team won 20-or-more games, made the NCAA Tournament, and played against Florida in the SEC Tournament championship game."
An outstanding recruiter throughout his career, Heath's signing classes have gained national recognition in recent years. National media outlets ranked his efforts among the top 15 in the country in 2003, 2004 and 2006. In his six years (Arkansas and Kent State University) as a head coach, he has directed a total of six players to all-league accolades on eight occasions and his rosters have featured a pair of freshman All-Americans, two conference defensive players of the year and one sixth man of the year.
"Today, we are here to celebrate the beginning of a new era for the USF men's basketball program, the hiring of Stan Heath," University President Dr. Judy Genshaft said. "The entire University community is excited about the selection of coach Heath as he has encountered tremendous success already in his career and we look forward to that continuing in the future.
"I am extremely pleased with the results of Athletic Director Woolard's search and know that he selected the best fit possible for our student-athletes and the University," Genshaft added.
"On behalf of the trustees, students, faculty, staff, and supporters, it is my pleasure to officially welcome coach Heath, his wife Ramona and their two sons, Jordan and Josh to the USF family."