Stan Heath named Big East Coach of the Year

After leading the Bulls to a 12 -6 conference record, their first winning mark since joining the conference, Heath was tabbed as the BIG EAST's Coach of the Year.

During the BIG EAST basketball tournament in New York, USF coach Stan Heath was chosen OppenheimerFunds BIG EAST Coach of the Year.

"I was surprised, honored, and very humbled as well," said Heath.

After being picked to finish 14th in the Coaches preseason poll, Heath led the Bulls to a 12-6 BIG EAST record and a tie for fourth place in the regular season.

"I am honored and it means a lot to me, but it really is a team award for us." Heath added.

The 12-6 mark is the first winning record for the Bulls in their seven seasons in the BIG EAST. the 12-6 record is also a nine game improvement from last season's 3-15 mark, representing the third-biggest one-season improvement in the league's history.

"I think most people looked at our team from last year, where we didn't win many games, and the jump we made this year with basically the same guys and the improvement we made as a team," said Heath. "They a see a team that may not be the most talented team in the league, but finds a way to win and tough defense," said Heath. "That's what I'm most proud of, how hard we play on the court."

USF will be the No. 6 seed in The BIG EAST Championship and play the winner of the Villanova/Rutgers game Wednesday night.

Heath is in his fifth season the Bulls Head Coach and 11th year as a head coach with a career record is 182-166.

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