Stan Joplin

Stan Joplin (born June 17, 1957)

Teams coached: Toledo Rockets
Toledo record: 202-156 (.564)
Overall record: 202-156 (.564)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  4  (1999, 2001, 2004, 2007)
  • MAC Regular Season Champion:  4  (1999, 2000, 2005, 2007)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1996-2008 Toledo
1990-1996 Michigan State (asst)
1984-1990 Toledo (asst)
1982-1984 Kent State (asst)

Stan Joplin Facts

  • Stan Joplin
  • Born June 17, 1957
  • Hometown: Milan, Michigan
  • Alma Mater: University of Toledo (BA, 1979)
  • Played for coach Bob Nichols at Toledo, earning All-MAC honors as a junior and senior
    • Hit a game-winning shot for the Rockets to beat Iowa in the 1979 NCAA Tournament
  • First coaching role as at Toledo Start HS (OH), where he was head boys’ coach for two years
  • Began his collegiate coaching career at Kent State, assisting Jim McDonald for two seasons
  • Returned to his alma mater in 1984, joining Nichols’ staff as an assistant
    • Stayed with the program for six seasons, the final three under new head coach Jay Eck
  • Headed to his home state in 1990 to join Jud Heathcote‘s Michigan State staff as an assistant
    • Worked under Heathcote for five seasons, then spent one under his replacement, Tom Izzo
  • Left MSU in 1996 to become the head coach back at Toledo, leading the Rockets for 12 seasons
    • Went 202-156 overall, reaching the NIT four times but never the NCAA Tournament
    • Was named MAC COY in 2007 after winning his fourth MAC regular season title
    • Joplin was let go in 2008 – with one year remaining on his contract – after finishing 11-19
  • After a few years away, Joplin became the head coach at Springfield HS in Holland, OH in 2011
    • Appeared in two district semifinals before retiring from coaching in 2015
  • Became assistant principal at Southview HS (Sylvania, OH) and filled in as the interim boys’ basketball coach for the 2017-18 season; the Cougars went 23-2

Stan Joplin Coaching Tree

  • Brian Gregory (South Florida, Georgia Tech, Dayton)
  • Mark Vanderslice (USC Aiken, Louisburg)