Stan Heath gets to coach his son, Josh, at USF this season

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Tampa, Florida -- Stan Heath is entering his seventh season as head coach of the USF men's basketball team. His Bulls are trying to make the NCAA tournament for a second time in three seasons. Adding to the excitement of a fresh, new season is the player wearing No. 10 for his 2013 Bulls.

"I think that's every coach's dream," he said.

Stan will get the chance that not many coaches do -- he'll be coaching his son, Josh, this fall.

Josh is a freshman point guard and part of an incoming recruiting class that is ranked very highly by various scouting companies around the country.

Josh starred at Tampa Prep and won a state championship in high school. Despite his potential, he just wants to be treated like any other player.

"He treats me like a player, 100 percent," said Josh. "It's the same as everybody out there."

His coach, and dad, agrees.

"He doesn't want any special treatment," said Stan. "He wants to be treated just like the other guys."

Coaching your son could be tough but Heath is handling it so far. It was important to him that the rest of his team didn't think that Stan was showing favoritism towards his son.

"I worked for Jim Larranaga who is the head coach at Miami. He had his son on his team. I'm good friends with Ray McCallum who had his son on his team," said Stan. "Doc Rivers -- I know a lot of people who have had (their) kids, so I had a lot of time to kind of prepare myself, you know, what things to be aware of. I think every kid can be different."

The Bulls beat Barry in an exhibition game Monday night, 88-53. The regular season tips off Saturday against Tennessee Tech at 7 p.m. in the Sun Dome.

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