Former Michigan State assistant men's basketball coach Stan Heath (pictured) is returning to his alma mater of Eastern Michigan University to become that school's new head men's basketball coach, EMU announced on Monday.

Heath was an assistant at MSU under Tom Izzo for five seasons until 2001, where he was part of the staff that won the National Title in 2000.  After the 2000-01 season, he was named head coach at Kent State.  He then led the Golden Flashes to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in 2002 (his first season), where they lost to Indiana.

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He later was a head coach at Arkansas and South Florida before becoming a head coach in the NBA's G-League with the Lakeland Magic (an affiliate of the NBA's Orlando Magic).

Heath is an alum of Eastern Michigan, having played there in the 1980's.  He will be officially announced as the new head coach on Tuesday in Ypsilanti.

Stan replaces Rob Murphy, who will be the president of the Motor City Cruise, the Detroit Pistons G-League affiliate next season.


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