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Forest Park Names Stith New Head Men’s Basketball Coach
April 12, 2010
St. Louis Community College at Forest Park has selected Milton T. Stith III to be the next head men’s basketball coach for the Highlanders. Stith comes to Forest Park via Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, IL where he served as Associate Head Men’s Basketball Coach since July 2004. At Lewis and Clark, Stith helped lead the Trailblazers to two Final Four appearances (2007 and 2009) in NJCAA Division II basketball. STLCC Forest Park also competes in NJCAA Division II basketball and shares the same conference with Lewis and Clark, making the switch an easy transition.
Before his time at Lewis and Clark, Stith was also an assistant at Harris Stowe University and Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. In addition to his collegiate experience, Stith has a deep background in recruiting and development at the high school and AAU levels. He spent time working with the St. Louis Falcons AAU team and has worked prestigious basketball camps all over the country. He was also named a top JUCO recruiter by Sporting News magazine. Stith is eager to step into the position.
I am extremely honored and excited about being named Head Men's Basketball Coach at St Louis Community College at Forest Park, Stith said. "This is a dream job for me. I am certain that there will be a high level of excitement surrounding our program next year. I'm truly anxious on getting started and turning the program into a national powerhouse on the junior college level!"
Stith will take over for Preston Thomas who resigned last month. Thomas coached the Highlanders since 2002. "Preston’s ability to mirror basketball challenges with life lessons, and prepare his players for their world after basketball, is a unique gift," Forest Park Athletic Director Michael C. Moore said. "He has been a coach, mentor and role model to many grateful admirers over the years and I thank him for performing his duties with such grace, class and dignity."
However, Moore is extremely exciting about finding a suitable replacement. "There were many qualified applicants for the job," Moore said. "Milton Stith stood out immediately. He is well connected, a superb recruiter, and he is committed to our team’s success in the classroom as well as on the basketball court. I have a very high level of confidence in Milt’s ability."
The Highlanders will begin their first season under Stith direction in October of 2010.