Eastern Michigan announced Monday the hiring of former Eagle Stan Heath as its new head men’s basketball coach. Heath had been head coach of the Lakeland Magic for the last four seasons, winning the G-League title and COY honors in 2021.
“We are so thrilled to welcome back Stan Heath as our new head men’s basketball coach,” AD Scott Wetherbee said in a statement. “One of the key messages I heard throughout the search process was the desire to find someone with Eastern Michigan connections as well as someone with a strong head coaching pedigree. In hiring Coach Heath, we absolutely have that person. He is a proven winner in both the collegiate and professional ranks, and his focus on positively impacting the lives of our student-athlete is infectious. We cannot wait to have him and his family back on campus and reintroducing them to the Eastern Michigan family.”
Heath a long career as a college coach before making the move to the pros. He spent time as the head coach at South Florida (2007-14), Arkansas (2002-07) and in the MAC at Kent State (2001-02), winning a MAC title and going to the 2002 Sweet Sixteen in his only year with the Golden Flashes. He has been to the NCAA Tournament four times in total, was named MAC COY in 2002 and then Big East COY in 2003.
As a player, Heath played for Jim Boyce and Ben Braun at EMU after starring at Detroit Catholic Central HS (MI).
There will be a formal introductory press conference for Heath on Tuesday morning on campus at the Convocation Center.
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