Phil Forte is in his first season as a Sam Houston State assistant coach after serving the previous two seasons as a graduate student manager on the Saint Louis University men's basketball staff. He earned his master’s degree in organizational leadership in May 2019.
A standout on the Oklahoma State men's basketball squad, Forte was a three-time All-Big 12 honoree. He scored 1,746 points (sixth in school history) and ended his career as the Cowboys’ record holder with 329 3-pointers made.
Forte guided OSU to four NCAA Tournament appearances during his time in Stillwater. As a senior during the 2016-17 season, Forte averaged 13.3 points per game and led the NCAA in free-throw percentage at 95.5 percent (84 of 88), the fourth-best mark in a single season in NCAA history.
The Flower Mound native earned his bachelor’s degree in recreational management while sitting out the majority of the 2015-16 season due to injury. He was a third-team All-Big 12 selection as a junior and was the first-ever recipient of the Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year award as a sophomore.
Forte attended Marcus High School and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 Texas Class 5A State Tournament. He averaged 17 points in the state finals, including a game-high 24 in the championship game to lead the Marauders to the state championship.