ORLANDO, Florida — Stan Heath, the men’s basketball head coach at the University of South Florida from 2007-14, was named as the Lakeland Magics inaugural head coach. Heath, 52, was a successful collegiate head coach for years, leading Kent State, Arkansas and USF to NCAA Tournament bids. His greatest success came in 2002 when he guided an upstart Kent State program to 30 wins and a spot in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA tourney.
From there, Heath was the head coach at Arkansas from 2002-07 and guided the Razorbacks to two 20-win seasons and two trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Heath then made the move to Central Florida’s Gulf Coast and Tampa where he coached USF from 2007-14. His Bulls won at least 20 games in the 2009-10 and 2011-12 seasons. They made it to the NCAA Tournament in 2011-12 (winning two games) and to the NIT in 2009-10.
Heath, who won a National Championship in 2000 as an assistant coach for Michigan State, has worked the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Boston College.
Anthony Parker, a former Magic player and a scout for the organization for the past five seasons, has been named as Lakeland’s General Manager.