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Stan Heath hired to coach alma mater, Eastern Michigan

YPSILANTI, Mich. — Eastern Michigan has hired Stan Heath as its new men's basketball coach.

The 56-year-old Heath, an EMU alum, returns to the Mid-American Conference. He was previously the coach at Kent State, leading that program to the Elite Eight in 2002.

He also guided Arkansas to the NCAA Tournament in 2006 and 2007, and did the same at South Florida in 2012.

EMU announced the hiring Monday.

“I’m thrilled to return to my alma mater as the head men’s basketball coach,” Heath said. “Eastern Michigan is a special place for me and my family.