Phillip Stitt enters his first season as an assistant basketball coach with the North Carolina A&T men's basketball program. Stitt brings with him a wealth of experience on the collegiate level, including head coaching experience.
Stitt will be Jerry Eaves' No. 1 assistant, and will handle scouting, recruiting and game planning. He will also provide Eaves with quality input on strategy and philosophy. Stitt comes to Aggieland after a one-season stint as an assistant coach with the Fayetteville State Broncos, where he worked under head coach Alphonza Kee, a former No. 1 assistant coach under Eaves at N.C. A&T. Prior to joining Kee at Fayetteville State, he was the associate head coach at Grambling University under head coach Rick Duckett.
In 2006, he was hired as the head coach of Florida Community College in Jacksonville, Fla. During his two-season stay, Stitt won 21 games and had three players sign Division I National Letters of Intent. Among those players was former Aggies guard Dwane Joshua, who scored 580 points and hit 97 3-pointers for N.C. A&T during a two-year career.
The highest profile position of Stitt's career was his position as the head men's basketball coach at Winston-Salem State University. Stitt took over the Rams program in 2001, and compiled a 94-51 record over five seasons. He led the Rams to two NCAA Division II playoff appearances. The Rams never posted a losing record under Stitt.
During the 2004-05 season, he led the Rams to a 22-8 record, a CIAA Western Division regular-season title, a CIAA Tournament semifinal appearance and an NCAA Division II Championship Tournament berth. For his efforts, he was named CIAA Coach of the Year.
Stitt came to WSSU as an assistant under Duckett in 1998. Before he left the Rams program in 2006, he was a part of five 20-win seasons, two CIAA Championships, five NCAA Tournament berths, two NCAA Division II Sweet 16 appearances and a .711 winning percentage.
The coaching career of Stitt began in 1991 as an assistant at Florida Community College. After spending three seasons with the Stars, he moved on to Division I Jacksonville University, where he was an assistant until 1997. At the start of the 1997-98 season, he started his first stint as an assistant under Duckett as the two paired together at Fayetteville State. In his one season in Fayetteville, Stitt helped the Broncos post a 17-10.
A Jacksonville, Fla., native, Stitt earned his B.A., in health, physical education and recreation in 1991 from Brewton-Parker College.