ST. LOUIS – Ford Stuen, who spent the last three years as Saint Louis University’s men’s basketball director of player development, has been elevated to assistant coach, SLU head coach Travis Ford announced today.
“First, I would like to thank Coach Ford and Chris May for this opportunity and for believing in me,” Stuen said. “I couldn't be more excited to work with these players, this staff and the SLU administration in our goal to continue to bring championships to St. Louis. I look forward to putting everything I have into this program and our players, both on and off the court.”
“We are very excited about promoting Ford,” Ford said. “He has been around my basketball programs for the last seven years – as both a player and as an administrative coach. Ford brings great knowledge and understanding of the game and a relentless work ethic. He lives the game of basketball day and night. Ford will bring great energy to Team Blue and will continue to be a great asset for our program.”
In his first three years at SLU, Stuen was part of a staff that helped the Billikens improve their win total each season, highlighted by last year’s 23-13 record, an Atlantic 10 Conference Championship title, and a bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Stuen played four years under Ford at Oklahoma State. He was one of 20 Big 12 Conference student-athletes awarded the Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship.
A first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection for the Cowboys, Stuen was a career 46.2 percent shooter from the floor. He helped Oklahoma State to three NCAA Tournament appearances during his time in Stillwater.
A native of Henderson, Kentucky, Stuen prepped at Henderson County and spent a postgraduate year at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. He was the starting point guard for IMG, which registered a 38-2 record against prep schools and was ranked among the top five nationally.
Stuen, 27, fills the coaching spot previously held by associate head coach Van Macon, who was named assistant coach at St. John’s in May. Assistant coaches Will Bailey and Corey Tate round out the Billikens’ current coaching staff.