Cleveland State chooses Felton as next coach

Dennis Felton most recently was an assistant at Tulsa.

Cleveland State has hired Dennis Felton to serve as men’s basketball coach, the school announced Friday.

Felton previously was head coach at Georgia and Western Kentucky, and spent the past three seasons as assistant head coach at Tulsa. He replaces Gary Waters, who parted ways with the school earlier this month after 13 years.

Felton will officially be introduced at a press conference Monday at the CSU Student Center Ballroom at 2 p.m.

“Dennis Felton has a championship pedigree and has coached and recruited at the highest level,” said Cleveland State athletic director Mike Thomas. “He will be an outstanding leader for the student-athletes in our basketball program, on the court, in the classroom and in the community.”

Per the CSU release:

“At Georgia from 2003-09, Felton led the program to the 2008 SEC tournament title and a berth in the NCAA tournament. As the head coach at Western Kentucky from 1998-03, he led the squad to six straight conference championships and three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances (2001-03), while also having a 100-percent graduation rate.”

Prior to taking the assistant job with Tulsa, Felton servedĀ as director of pro player personnel for the San Antonio Spurs from 2010 to 2013.