Stith is entering his third season with the ODU basketball team under head coach Jeff Jones. He has been a pivotal asset to the Monarch program that has claimed 45 victories in two seasons after winning just five in 2012-13. In his second year at ODU, Stith helped guide the squad to a 27-8 overall mark and an unblemished 20-0 record at home. The Monarchs’ 24-game win streak that dates back to Stith’s first season on ODU’s staff enters the 2015-16 season ranked seventh in the nation.
In postseason play, Stith helped lead Old Dominion to victories over Charleston Southern, Illinois State and Murray State en route to an NIT Semifinal berth at Madison Square Garden.
Stith has played a big role in developing ODU’s Trey Freeman, who was honored as an All-League selection, the C-USA Newcomer of the Year and as a Conference USA All-Academic Team honoree at the season’s end.
The All ACC performer and a 10-year NBA veteran coached Brunswick County High School to three straight Virginia AA State titles prior to his first collegiate coaching role at ODU.
Stith was the 13th overall selection of the 1992 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets where he played eight years. He also played for the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers before retiring in 2002. He scored 5,946 career points, averaging 10.1 points per game for his NBA career and also dished out 1,178 career assists, averaging 2.0 per game.
Stith played for Jeff Jones at the University of Virginia where he was the 1989 ACC Rookie of the Year. Stith finished his career in 1992 as Virginia’s all-time leading scorer with 2,516 career points. He earned first-team All-ACC honors three times and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1992 National Invitation Tournament.
After graduation, Stith played for the US national team in the 1990 FIBA World Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina, winning the bronze medal. He also helped lead the US national team to the silver medal at the 1980 Goodwill Games in Seattle.
A native of Emporia, VA., Stith was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. As a high school coach at Brunswick High School, his squads won state championships in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and advanced to the state title game seven straight years.
Stith is married to the former Barbara Dilworth, an ODU alumnae, and they have two sons, Brandan and B.J., both on the ODU basketball team. They also have two daughters, Bria and Brook. Stith graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in sociology.