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.