The Gateway Steam have named a new head coach and general manager in advance of the 2016 season.
Milton Stith, who has more than fifteen years of coaching experience at the collegiate and professional levels, has been hired as head coach to succeed Durrell Robinson, who, last month, was named head coach of the expansion Pontiac (Illinois) 66ers. St. Louis-area minor league sports veteran Jason Troop has taken over general manager duties for the Steam and the St. Louis RiverSharks. He replaces Tim Padgett, who will continue to assist both clubs while assuming additional league duties.
“This is without question a dream job for me,” Stith said. “Being named a professional head coach in my hometown is truly a blessing. I’m extremely excited and look forward to the upcoming season.”
Prior to joining the Steam, Stith was an assistant coach at Lewis & Clark Community College and the associate head coach and director of scouting with the semi-pro St. Louis Trotters from 2011-2015. Before that, he was the head men’s coach at St. Louis Community College, where his team was the third-highest scoring team in the nation. He has also worked as an assistant at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, and at Harris Stowe State College in St. Louis.
Stith is also an active clinic instructor, working as a camp coach at the Hoop Group Basketball Elite Camp in Philadelphia since 2005. He has also been a coach at the Reebok All-American High School Basketball Camp, the Five-Star Basketball Camp in Pittsburgh, and Jerry Mullen’s JUCO All-American Showcase in Tulsa.
Troop was the Steam’s and RiverSharks’ home television play-by-play voice in 2015. Prior to his MPBA involvement, Troop worked as director of public and media relations for the St. Charles Chill hockey team in 2013-14, and the River City Rascals baseball team from 2010-2012. He has also worked in sports sales and marketing at the local and national levels.
“I look forward to continuing the good work they did here last year, making the playoffs and advancing ten players on to higher leagues,” Troop said. “From what I saw last year, the MPBA has a vision to build a league the right way, and the model can really work well in St. Louis.”
The second season of MPBA play will begin on January 9, 2016.