Saint Louis University is mourning the death of assistant basketball coach Ford Stuen. The Billikens assistant was diagnosed with an infection at the end of the 2020-2021 season and had been hospitalized since Easter. He passed on Tuesday morning at the age of 29, 5 on Your Side’s Frank Cusumano confirmed.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the @SaintLouisMBB,” Cusumano wrote on Twitter. “29-year-old assistant coach Ford Stuen has passed away. He was hospitalized since Easter with an infection. He was a wonderful young man who was a rising star in the coaching world. Ford leaves behind a wife and child.”
Stuen had spent the last five seasons on staff at SLU. He’s survived by his wife, Courtney, and daughter, Lucy. The family is expecting another child in August.
Stuen was considered a rising star in the coaching profession. In his first year as an assistant at SLU, Stuen was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ 30-under-30 list, highlighting the best young coaches across the country.
A native of Henderson, Kentucky, Stuen played at Henderson County High School before transferring to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. He played four years at Oklahoma State under his uncle, and now current Saint Louis basketball head coach Travis Ford.
While in Stillwater, Stuen helped Oklahoma State make the NCAA Tournament three times during his playing career. He shot 46.2% from three-point range over 27 games with the Cowboys and was named a first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection.
At Saint Louis, Stuen served three years as the team’s director of player development before being promoted to assistant coach. His duties included recruiting, on-court coaching with guards, scouting, and statistical breakdown.