Friday, March 24, 2017

Cleveland State named Dennis Felton as its next basketball coach

Dennis Felton
Cleveland State has named Dennis Felton as its next basketball coach, the school announced on Friday.

"Dennis Felton has a championship pedigree and has coached and recruited at the highest level," CSU Director of Athletics Mike Thomas said in a written statement. "He will be an outstanding leader for the student-athletes in our basketball program, on the court, in the classroom and in the community."

Felton will be officially introduced at a press conference at 2 p.m. on Monday.

"I'm extremely excited to return to the head coaching ranks with this opportunity at Cleveland State University," Felton said in a written statement. "I'm grateful to Dr. Berkman and Mike Thomas for the opportunity to lead this program. Cleveland State is an outstanding University that continues to grow in stature on the national landscape. I'm eager to start working with our players to build a championship program and getting out to share my vision of how we plan to partner with the entire community to do special things at Cleveland State."

Felton, 53, spent the last three seasons as the assistant head coach at Tulsa under Frank Haith where he was in charge of the defense. He has previous head coaching experience at Western Kentucky (1999-2003) and Georgia (2003-09).

At WKU, Felton had his most success with a record of 100-54, guiding the Hilltoppers to three straight Sun Belt Conference Tournament titles.

Felton was hired by Georgia in 2003. He went 84-91 at Southeastern Conference school, guiding the Bulldogs to the SEC Tournament title in 2008. He was fired in 2009 at mid-season following an 0-5 start in SEC play.

Prior to joining Tulsa, Felton worked in the NBA as a scout for the Phoenix Suns, a summer league coach for the New Jersey Nets and as director of pro personnel for the San Antonio Spurs.

Felton replaces Gary Waters who retired on March 7 after 11 seasons with the Vikings.