Phil Forte, who starred under Travis Ford at Oklahoma State from 2012-16, is joining his former coach's staff at Saint Louis University.
Forte was previously a part of the Billikens staff as a graduate student manager from 2017-19. Most recently, he served two seasons as an assistant coach at Sam Houston State from 2019-21. Forte is coming to SLU from UTRGV, where he was hired as an assistant coach in May.
Forte fills the role on the Billikens coaching staff that had been occupied by his former Oklahoma State teammate, Ford Stuen. Stuen passed away at the age of 29 last month following an illness, and Forte was one of the featured speakers at his memorial service.
“We are very excited to have Phil back as a very important part of the Team Blue staff,” Ford said. “I have been fortunate to be around Phil for many years and I know of his great work ethic, his commitment to the players, and his commitment to the game. We’ve had a lot of success together – three straight NCAA Tournaments at Oklahoma State and another here at Saint Louis. Phil will be a great mentor to our players and will bring great energy and ideas to our staff.”
“It’s an honor to return to St. Louis and join the Team Blue family,” Forte said. “I’m grateful to Coach Ford and Chris May for this opportunity. I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running both in the gym and on the recruiting trail as we work toward more A-10 championships and NCAA Tournament appearances.”
Forte’s stint as a graduate student manager at SLU came after an illustrious career at Oklahoma State. Forte scored 1,746 points (sixth in school history) and ended his career as the school-record holder with 329 3-pointers made.
Top photo of Phil Forte courtesy of Saint Louis Billikens.