Staff
Head Coach
Casey Stitzel

@coachstitz

Casey Stitzel was named the Marauders' new men's basketball coach on May 18, 2016. In Stitzel's first season at Millersville, he built a foundation for future success, generating a five-win improvement from the previous season. Not only did he improve the Marauders on the court, he also did so in the classroom. In his first semester on the job, the program posted its best GPA in more than a decade.

A two-time MAC Freedom Coach of the Year, Stitzel spent the previous eight seasons as the head coach at Delaware Valley University. The winningest coach in Delaware Valley history, Stitzel inherited a program that had reached its conference tournament just once in the previous 41 seasons and had only two winning records in the 36 seasons prior to his arrival. Stitzel's impact on the program was remarkable and immediate. A 13-13 record in 2008-09 was the program's first .500 mark in more than a decade. In year three, Stitzel guided his team to a 17-11 record and the school's first-ever MAC Freedom Championship. DelVal had never before won a postseason game.

Stitzel won a second MAC Freedom Tournament in 2013 with a 19-9 record. His third league crown in eight seasons came in 2016 while posting a program record 20 wins. Along with those three conference championships came three NCAA Tournament appearances.

Stitzel holds deep ties to Millersville University. His father, Glenn Stitzel, was a 1,000-point scorer on the hardwood and star on the baseball diamond from 1965-68. Glenn, who still holds the school record for most points scored in a game (58), went on to play eight years in the minor leagues and was inducted into the Millersville University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.

"I've always had dreams of being a head coach at the Division II level," said Stitzel. "My dad is a proud alum and in the Millersville Athletic Hall of Fame, so I've heard great things about the University for a long time. This is a great job in the PSAC and a great opportunity for me and my wife, Liz, to be a part of the Millersville and Lancaster communities. I'm excited to get started recruiting and building this program into a contender in the PSAC and at the national level.

Stitzel was mentored by some of the top coaches in the country, starting with his high school coach at Lansdale Catholic, Chris Mooney, who is now the head coach at the University of Richmond. After a standout high school career, Stitzel played under Dave Duda at Widener from 2001-05, scoring 1,189 points and earning All-Commonwealth Conference honors in 2003. His coaching career began under Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coach Herb Magee at Philadelphia University. In two seasons under Magee, Stitzel helped the Rams to a 41-20 record with a NCAA Tournament berth and back-to-back Division II players of the year.

"Working for one of the top programs in the nation and under a hall of famer like Herb Magee was invaluable," said Stitzel. "I was able to get that experience, recruiting at the scholarship level and for a program that's been so successful. Then, becoming a coach at 26 years old and taking a program with no success or history and building that up to where it became one of the best in the conference was an experience that will help me at Millersville."

Stitzel built Delaware Valley through an infusion of talent which came from hard work on the recruiting trail. In eight seasons, Stitzel developed 11 all-conference players and three MAC Freedom players of the year. Under Stitzel, Delaware Valley won in a variety of ways. In 2015-16, Stitzel's club led the league in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense. Two seasons before, his team led the league in scoring offense.

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Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Stuart Pradia

Stuart Pradia joined Millersville's coaching staff prior to the 2017-18 season. Pradia arrived at Millersville with a wide range of experience at the collegiate and professional levels.

A 2005 graduate of Brandeis University, Pradia has compiled more than a decade in the game as a coach and working in the front office. With coaching stops in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Pradia is familiar and established recruiting Millersville's pipeline.

In addition to his collegiate experience, Pradia spent the 2012-13 season as the basketball operations assistant with the Houston Rockets, one of the most respected front offices in the NBA. He assisted players in on-court skill workouts, produced statistical analysis reports and compiled college and international player evaluations for draft preparation. He served as the director of basketball operations and assistant coach for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA G League, and went on to work two years as a game review and global strategy analyst with the NBA. Most recently, Pradia spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Montclair State.

After a playing career at Brandeis, Pradia quickly entered the coaching ranks, coaching at Washington & Lee, Washington College and Gettysburg College over the next six years. He helped engineer turnarounds at both Washington & Lee and Washington College, and at Gettysburg, he was a part of a conference championship appearance developing three players who signed professional contracts. In his two seasons at Montclair, the program improved its win total each season and saw a five-win boost from the season before his arrival.

Pradia's earned his bachelor's degree in sociology, and also graduated with a master's degree in history from Washington College in 2009.

Graduate Assistant Coach
Christopher Conway

Chris Conway joined Casey Stitzel's coaching staff as a graduate assistant prior to the 2017-18 season. He is currently working toward a master's degree in sport management. Conway most recently spent one season as an assistant coach at Albright College.

At Albright, Conway worked with the guards, assisted in recruiting, game plans, individual workouts, academics and social media management. Conway saw two players earn All-MAC honors and the team reached the second round of the conference tournament. Conway has extensive experience with camps and clinics.

A 2016 graduate of York College, Conway was a two-time team captain and three-time winner of the Iron Spartan Award (for preseason strength and conditioning) and the Spartan of the Year Award (for best resembling the character of a Spartan). Conway served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and graduated with a 3.0 GPA in public relations with minors in marketing communications and speech communications.

In addition to his coaching duties at Albright, Conway served as the game manager for all fall and spring home sporting events. He also previously served as a public relations intern with the York Revolution.