LEVELLAND, Texas - As the 2011-12 academic and athletic seasons begin, the South Plains College department of athletics would like to welcome three new members to the staff as Hank Plona, Justin Brown, and Mendy Wyatt all enter their first year with the school.
Plona and Brown join the staff as assistant coaches for the Texan basketball team, while Wyatt will work with all Texan and Lady Texan sports as the department's athletic trainer. All have an enormous amount of experience prior to South Plains College.
A 2007 graduate of Providence College, Plona comes to SPC after serving in a similar capacity at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, where he recently helped coach the Warriors to a 2011 record of 23 wins and 10 losses and an appearance in the Region XI Championship game. Before Indian Hills Plona was an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith. At South Plains Plona will play an integral role in the recruitment of student-athletes in addition to other duties.
Brown returns to his alma mater after a teaching and coaching stint at Prospectives Charter School in Chicago. Brown played for the Texans for two seasons from 2005-2007, helping SPC to their last conference championship during the 2006-07 season. After graduating from SPC Brown transferred to NCAA Division II Southwest Baptist University and helped the Bearcats to back-to-back conference championships. He then began his coaching career during the 2009-10 season as a student-assistant with Southwest Baptist while finishing up a degree in Sport Management.
Wyatt brings a wealth of experience from the field of athletic training, most recently serving as an athletic trainer and Outreach Services Coordinator for Lubbock Sports Medicine. In that role Wyatt was responsible for coordinating schedules for the twenty-eight high school outreach programs in addition to supervising athletic trainers within an outreach setting. She also has previous work experience as an athletic trainer at Covenant Sports Medicine (1997-2007), Abilene Muscle and Joint Clinic (1993-1996), and Ryder High School (1992-1993). Wyatt's primary responsibilities at SPC include direct care of Texan and Lady Texan student-athletes, supervision of athletic trainers, as well as management and administration of the athletic training room.
Please join the athletic department in welcoming these new additions to the SPC family!