With more than 10 years of progressive coaching experience, Coach Stan Holt brings a leadership style that focuses on the entire student-athlete. His emphasis on academics, athletics and character contributes to the overall success of his players.
Holt led the Lions to a Red River Athletic Tournament Championship in only his second season at the helm. In two seasons as the Langston Head Coach, the Lions are a combined 41-18. During the 2015-2016 the Lions were ranked as high as #11 in the nation, the highest ranking in program history. The Lions earned a birth to the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City and finished the season ranked #17 with an overall record of 25-7.
Holt cites character development as a crucial component to building a successful program. He believes that encouraging and reinforcing core values, while providing guidance to promote good decision-making is essential. Developing a winning attitude and culture, and expecting a laser-like focus on academic achievement is vitally important in the plan that will lead the basketball program to its full potential.
A determined educator, Holt has dedicated his career to offering the highest quality leadership, in conjunction with proven and innovative coaching methods. He is confident that this formula ultimately provides his student athletes with the best opportunity to attain educational success, character growth, and elite basketball skill development.
Holt’s experience includes high major NCAA Division I, coaching at the high school level and for elite level summer basketball camps. While on staff at USC, Holt contributed to the development of players such as Toronto Raptor’s All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan, forward Nikola Vucevic of the Orlando Magic, and Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson. Additionally, he helped develop Daniel Hackett, who currently plays for Emporio Armani Milano of the Italian League and former PAC-10 defensive player of the year Marcus Simmons (now playing professionally in Japan). He has worked over 20 national elite basketball camps nationwide including the Kobe Bryant Academy, USC Elite Camp and the Nike Phenom 150 camp. In addition, he has worked as a private trainer and skills coach. Holt has served in various positions as a coach at the high school level.
Holt earned his Master of Education in Post-Secondary Administration and Student Affairs with an emphasis in Athletic Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a business minor at the University of Southern California.