Stan Heath

Stan Heath (born December 17, 1964)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Eastern Michigan Eagles
Current conference: Mid-American Conference (MAC)
Kent State record: 30-6 (.833)
Arkansas record: 82-71 (.536)
South Florida record: 97-130 (.427)
Eastern Michigan record: 10-21 (.323)
Overall record^: 219-228 (.490)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  4  (2002, 2006, 2007, 2012)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  1  (2002)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  1  (2010)
  • MAC Regular Season Champion:  1  (2002)
  • MAC Tournament Champion:  1  (2002)

Awards:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2021-present Eastern Michigan
2017-2021 Lakeland Magic
2015-2017 Boston College (asst)
2007-2014 South Florida
2002-2007 Arkansas
2001-2002 Kent State
1996-2001 Michigan State (asst)
1994-1996 Bowling Green (asst)
1991-1994 Wayne State (asst)
1989-1991 Albion (asst)
1988-1989 Hillsdale (asst)

Stan Heath Facts

  • Stanley Heath III
  • Born December 17, 1964
  • Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
  • Alma Mater: Eastern Michigan University (BS, 1988) / Wayne State University (MA, 1993)
  • Was a three-year letterwinner at EMU under head coaches Jim Boyce and Ben Braun
  • Entered the coaching ranks after graduation with stints as an assistant at Hillsdale (under Rod Halstad), Albion (under Mike Turner) and Wayne State (under Ron Hammye)
  • Spent two seasons on the Bowling Green staff under Jim Larrañaga before taking a job on Tom Izzo‘s staff at Michigan State
  • In his sole season as Kent State head coach, Heath’s team finished 30-6, won both the MAC regular season and MAC Tournament titles and made a run to the NCAA Elite Eight; the team was the first in MAC history to win 30 games in one season
  • Spent five seasons as the head coach at Arkansas, going 82-71 overall
    • Heath’s Razorbacks won just 9 games in his first season but would go on to win 21+ games in each of his last two seasons at the helm, both of which ended in the NCAA Tournament opening round
  • Next stop was South Florida, where Heath went 97-129 in seven seasons and went to one NIT and one NCAA Tournament
  • After a year off, Heath was hired by Jim Christian to be an assistant coach at Boston College; Christian had been an assistant under Heath at Kent State and took over the team when he left for Arkansas
  • Hired in August 2017 as the head coach of the Lakeland Magic, the NBA G-League affiliate for the Orlando Magic
    • Went 94-63 in four seasons; reached the Conference Finals in 2019 and was in first place again in 2020 before the season was cut short
    • During the COVID-shortened 2020-21 season, the Magic won the G-League title and Heath was named 2021 G-League COY
  • In April 2021, Heath returned to college basketball as the new head coach at his alma mater, Eastern Michigan
  • Along with his wife, Rosanna, has two sons

Stan Heath Coaching Tree

 

^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only