During his tenure as Langston’s head coach, Stan Holt has lifted the Lions men's basketball program to national prominence. That success has included three consecutive appearances to the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship tournament (2015-2018), multiple All-America honors, a No. 8 ranking from his NAIA Division I peers (2016-17 season) and a 2015-16 RRAC Tournament Championship.
Prior to Holt’s hire, the Lions all-time record at the National Championship Tournament stood at 0-3. Since Holt’s hire, the Lions are 3-3 in the NAIA National Tournament. That mark includes the first National Tournament win in program history during the 2016-17 season.
Holt led the Lions to a 21-12 campaign in 2017-18, finishing in the top-five of the RRAC for the fourth consecutive season. After defeating Wiley in the first round of the conference tournament, the Lions defeated No. 2 ranked LSU-Shreveport to reach the conference tournament final for the third consecutive season. After falling in the conference tournament final, the Lions earned an at-large bid to the National Tournament in Kansas City. The selection show revealed a match-up with newly ranked No. 2 Pikeville (Ky.). Holt led the Lions to a 63-61 upset victory over the No. 1 seed to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. The Lions fell 67-59 in a hard-fought game versus eventual national champion Graceland (Iowa) to end their season. Four players earned all-conference honors and one, Dante Bailey, was named All-American.
The 2016-2017 season marked a historic run to the Elite Eight, solidifying Langston as a national power. Holt guided the Lions to a 24-10 overall record as Langston roared their way into the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship quarterfinal round for the first time in school history. During their historic run they knocked off No. 3 seed Biola (Calif.) University 78-76 and No. 2 seed Dillard (La.) 84-74 before falling short to No. 1 seed William Penn (Iowa). In the final NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches Postseason Top 25 the Lions finished No. 8 in the NAIA, the highest postseason ranking in the school history.
Holt's 2015-16 team finished 25-7 (15-3 RRAC), winning the RRAC Tournament Championship in dramatic fashion over No. 1 ranked LSU-Alexandria. The Lions season winning percentage (.781) was the highest since the Lions joined the NAIA. By winning the conference tournament, the Lions earned an automatic bid to compete in the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship for only the fourth time in school history. The Lions season ended in a battle vs No. 21 Cumberlands (Ky.) with an 80-78 overtime loss.
Holt has compiled a 86-40 win-loss record in four seasons as head coach which include three straight 20-win seasons and three straight trips to the NAIA National Tournament. In total, Holt has produced 16 Red River All-Conference selections and one NAIA All-American in each of his four years at Langston.
Prior to his tenure at Langston, Holt worked for the Men’s Basketball program at the University of Southern California. During his time as a member of the staff at the USC, Holt had the distinct pleasure of contributing to the development of players such as Toronto Raptor’s All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan, forward Nikola Vucevic of the Orlando Magic, and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson. Additionally, he helped develop Daniel Hackett, who currently recently signed a contract with CSKA Moscow of the Euroleague and former PAC-10 defensive player of the year Marcus Simmons (playing professionally overseas). While at USC, the Trojans experienced three straight winning seasons, won the PAC-10 Conference Tournament, and appeared in back to back NCAA tournaments.
In the summers of 2017 and 2018, Holt was a guest speaker and clinician at the prestigious Chantaloba basketball camp (co-owned by A2 president Fabio Manca) which is held annually on the outskirts of Torino, Italy. Coach Holt had the pleasure of working with legendary Italian coach, clinician, and author Bruno Boero.
Holt’s experience includes NCAA Division I, NAIA Division I, high school, and coaching elite level summer basketball camps. 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/skills coach. Holt completed USA Basketball training and is currently licensed by the organization.
Coach Holt was twice named Hoop Dirt National Coach of the Week.
A native of Los Angeles, Ca., 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. Holt attributes much of his success to his family, who have been extremely supportive throughout his life and career.
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Coach 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. “We really emphasize togetherness, a family atmosphere, and we believe that developing relationships is the most important part of our program,” Holt explains.
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.