Phillip Stitt brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Marion Military Institute as he enters his fifth season as head coach of the men’s basketball program. Over his twenty-six year span in college athletics, Coach Stitt has nine years' experience at the junior college level, ten years' at the NCAA Division II level and seven years' at the NCAA Division I level.
His tenure at MMI has seen success, especially over the last two seasons. In 2015-16 the program experienced the most successful year in the history of the college. The team won the ACCC/NJCAA Region 22 championship for the first time in school history and broke many records including an overall record of 24-7 (most wins in program history). The team boasted one (1) NJCAA All-American (Christian Bradford) and two (2) ACCC All-Region 22 performers (Christian Bradford and Ronnie Baylark). Bradford was also named an NJCAA Academic All-American. The team was ranked as high as #16 in the NJCAA national poll and finished the season ranked #23 in the country. Stitt was named the NJCAA Region 22 Coach of the Year, NJCAA District 12 Coach of the Year, and the Birmingham Tip-Off Club's Alabama Junior College Coach of the Year. The 2016-17 team followed up with an overall record of 19-8 and was ranked as high as #16 in the country. The team had one (1) NJCAA All-American (Charles Tripp) and one (1) NJCAA Academic All-American (Pate Oakley). The 43 wins in back-to-back season are the most in the history of the program. Stitt has a record of 65-50 at MMI and an overall college coaching record of 180-138.
Coach Stitt's coaching career began in 1991 as an assistant at Florida Community College at Jacksonville. After spending three seasons with the Stars, he moved on as the assistant coach at NCAA Division I Jacksonville University. In 1997 Stitt joined the coaching staff at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. In his only season at Fayetteville State University, the Broncos finished 17-10, tied for second place in the CIAA Western Division. The next season, Coach Stitt became the assistant at Winston Salem University and remained in that position until 2001, when he was promoted to head coach. During his tenure at Winston Salem State University, he was part of five 20 wins season, Two CIAA Conference Championships, 5 NCAA-Division II Tournament Berths, and two NCAA Division II Sweet 16 Appearances. He was also named 2004-05 CIAA Coach of the Year.
He returned to Florida Community College (2006) to take over that program as head coach for two seasons before moving on to Grambling State University (NCAA Division I) as the associate head coach (2008-2009). Coach Stitt also served as the assistant men’s basketball coach at Fayetteville State University (NCAA Division II), North Carolina A&T State University (NCAA Division I), and Florida State College @ Jacksonville before arriving in Marion.
Coach Stitt, a native of Jacksonville, Florida earned his A.A. Degree from Florida Community College @ Jacksonville (1989) and a B.A. from Brewton Parker College (1991).