Steve Green begins his 16th season leading the South Plains College Texan basketball team where he has compiled a record of 382 wins and 103 losses.
The decorated coach was inducted into the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on March 16, 2015. The two time national coach of the year returned to the NJCAA National Tournament for the eighth time with is 2014-15 Texan squad.
The team earned a spot at the National Tournament after being crowned Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) Champions and NJCAA Region V Champions. During the National Tournament, South Plains defeated the top three regular season ranked teams, No. 1 Vincennes, No. 2 Conners State, and No. 3 Hill College, earning them a spot in the championship game. The championship fell into overtime against Northwest Florida State ending 83-30 and South Plains College as the NJCAA National Runner-Up.
At South Plains, Green accomplishments include six conference titles, five regional championships, and six national tournament appearances, and two national titles. In 2012, Coach Green’s team went 36-0, claiming their second NJCAA National Championship, only the sixth time in history of the NJCAA for a team to attain such perfection. His second national title put him in an elite class with 11 others who have won multiple championships, and in 2008 was when he received his first national title.
He has amassed an overall win loss record of 535 – 147, including eight conference titles, seven regional championships and two national crowns. After assistant coaching stints at the University of Arkansas, Lamar University, and the University of Houston, Green made his NJCAA head-coaching debut at Howard College in 1988. In his three-seasons there he produced two WJCAC titles, one regional championship and an overall record of 81-19. From there he guided Midland College to a 73-24 record, a region championship and appearance in the National Tournament garnering an eighth place finish.
Before his arrival at South Plains in 2000 he served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the San Diego State University Aztecs and then spent one year as an assistant coach at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Green received his Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Christian College where he played basketball and tennis. He then earned a Master’s degree in Education and Kinesiology from Sul Ross State University.
A native of Miami, Oklahoma, Green played football and basketball at Miami High School, earning All-State honors in both sports while winning a state championship in basketball.
The Green File
Hometown: Miami, Oklahoma
High School: Miami High School
College: Oklahoma Christian College (Bachelor’s)
Sul Ross State University (Master’s - Kinesiology/Education)
2000-Present: Head Men’s Basketball Coach, South Plains College
1999-2000: Asst. Men’s Basketball Coach, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
1994-1999: Asst. Men’s Basketball Coach & Recruiting Coordinator, San Diego State University
1991-1994: Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Midland College
1988-1991: Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Howard College
NJCAA National Champions (2007-08, 2011-12)
NJCAA National Runner Up (2014-15)
NJCAA Coach of the (2007-08, 2011-12)
WJCAC Coach of the Year (1988-89, 1989-90, 2006-07, 2011-12, 2013-14, 2014-15)
Coach of six WJCAC Championship teams
Howard (1989-90, 1990-91), SPC (2001-02, 2002-03, 2006-07, 2011-12, 2013-14, 2014-15)
Coach of six Region V Championship Teams
Howard (1990-91), Midland (1993-94), SPC (2001-02, 2002-03, 2007-08, 2011-12, 2014-15)
Jase Herl begins his first season as the assistant men’s basketball coach at South Plains College. He plays an integral role in the recruitment of SPC student athletes, as well as assisting with player schedules, academics, and various daily operations within the program. He spent the last three seasons as the head coach for men's basketball at Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland, Kan.
A Goodland, Kan. native, Herl was named the first ever head coach for the start-up program at Northwest Tech prior to the 2012-13 season. In three years, Herl amassed 56 wins and posted a 32-5 record on the Mavs home floor at the Max Jones Fieldhouse. His 56 wins were the most by all head coaches under the age of 30 in the NJCAA by the end of the 2014-15 season.
In the 2014-15 season, Herl led the Mavericks to their second consecutive 20-win season at 20-11 overall. The 20 regular season wins were a school record for Northwest Tech. The Mavericks also posted an undefeated record at home, going 14-0 at the Max Jones Fieldhouse. The Mavericks lost just one game at home since December 2013.
The 2013-14 season was also a record setting year for Herl. The Mavericks posted their first ever 20-win season (20-13) mark and the first postseason win in program history, as well as a trip to the NJCAA Region VI Semi-Finals. The Mavericks were the first 9-seed or lower to advance to the Region VI Semi-Finals since the 2006-07 season, and the first team in at least 12 years to win multiple overtime games in the tournament.
In his first season at the helm during the 2012-13 season, Northwest Tech finished with a 16-15 record. The No. 5 Hutchinson Community College eliminated the Mavericks in the first round of the Region VI tournament. The 8-point loss was the closest game Hutch played on their way to a Region VI Tournament Championship and National Tournament bid.
In three years under Herl’s guidance, the Mavericks placed four players on the All-Region VI team, two NJCAA Region VI All-Tournament team performers and one Sporting News JUCO All-American. His Mavericks have posted three victories over NJCAA Top 25 ranked teams and all fourteen of his sophomores continued their playing careers at four-year institutions, including the school’s first NCAA Division I signee Gian Clavell at Colorado State University following the 2013-14 season. In three seasons, Herl had five players sign at the NCAA Division I level. Two additional former Mavericks have already signed professional contracts to play overseas.
Prior to being named the first ever head coach at Northwest Tech, Herl spent the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach under Jim Heaps at his alma mater Colorado Mesa University (formerly Mesa State College). Herl helped lead the Mavericks to an 18-10 record and an NCAA tournament berth in his lone season on the CMU coaching staff.
As a player at Colorado Mesa University, Herl was an integral part of the 2009 team that reached as high as the No. 9 seed in the NABC/Division II polls, the highest national ranking in school history. Herl was named to Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference First Team as well as Conference Defensive Player of the Year and All-Academic First Team following his senior season in 2009-10. Following his junior season at CMU he was named to the 2nd Team All-RMAC after averaging 12.5 points per game and a team high 7.7 rebounds per contest. Upon graduation, Herl was ranked in the top 13 in five career statistical categories at Colorado Mesa University despite playing just two seasons for the Mavericks. Prior to transferring to Colorado Mesa, Herl played two seasons at Dodge City Community College from 2006-08, where he was a team captain and averaged 10.7 points per game and 5.2 rebounds.
Herl is also the all-time leading scorer at Goodland High School (965 points). He was named to the All-State team following his senior season when he averaged 15.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and named to the Supreme Honor Roll. Herl is also the proud father of Carter Herl who is 3 years old.
Information provided by Brice Kesler, Sports Director, ESPN 1410
Will Kelly began his second season as the head athletic trainer as South Plains College.
A native of Allen, Texas, Kelly’s primary responsibilities include direct care of Texan and Lady Texan student athletes, supervision of student athletic trainers, as well as management and administration of the athletic training room. Additionally, Kelly will teach classes in the physical education department.
Prior to being hired at South Plains College, Will was the athletic trainer for the Texas Tech Red Raider track and field team where he was responsible for the evaluation and treatment of his athletes as well as mentoring athletic training students working under his supervision.
Kelly has also recently worked at the Lubbock Sports Medicine clinic and during the summers of 2011 and 2013 served as an intern for the Baltimore Ravens.
He is a 2014 graduate of the Texas Tech University Health Science Center, and is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association.
Joe Tubb enters his 33rd year as the Director of Athletics at South Plains College where he has overseen 40 NJCAA Championships in men’s and women’s track and field, cross country, half-marathon, and men’s basketball.
In addition to his duties leading the SPC athletic department, Tubb recently completed a three-year term serving as President of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) where he was responsible for a myriad of duties including presiding over annual, executive, and special meetings for the nations second largest intercollegiate athletic association.
Tubb has served in multiple capacities over the years and has been instrumental in the growth of two-year collegiate athletics. He was the recipient of the highest honor bestowed by the National Alliance of Two-Year Collegiate Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) when he was presented the L. William Miller Award at a Dallas luncheon on June 25, 2012. In 2006 and 2010 Tubb was named Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of College Athletic Directors (NACDA).
At South Plains College, Tubb is responsible for supervising all sports programs and coordinating other activities specifically designed to promote athletics at the college. Additionally, Tubb is responsible for the Texan Dome, the intramural and recreational program, and Texas High School University Interscholastic League (UIL) events hosted by the college. Those include the boys and girls Region I Class A basketball tournaments and the Region I Class A track and field, tennis, and golf championships.
Each of SPC’s 40 NJCAA national championships have occurred under Tubb’s watch and the 2011-12 season was one of the most successful in the history of SPC athletics. South Plains’ athletes brought home national titles in the women’s half-marathon, men’s basketball, and men and women’s outdoor track and field. The Texan basketball team became only the sixth team in history to complete an undefeated season en-route to claiming the NJCAA national championship. They also won the basketball championship in 2008.
Since taking over as athletic director in 1983, the Texan and Lady Texan basketball teams have claimed a combined 15 Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) championships and eight Region 5 tournament titles.
Under Tubb’s direction the college has also hosted 12 NJCAA Championship events, most recently the 2014 Cross Country and the 2013 Men’s Golf. South Plains College is scheduled to host the 2015 Half Marathon and the 2016 Outdoor Track and Field Championships, last held in 2012 where South Plains swept the team titles.
Tubb is most proud of the success SPC athletes have had in the classroom where a high percentage have graduated and moved on to compete and attend four-year institutions. He gives much of the credit to the high quality of coaches that South Plains College has been able to attract and to the Assistance for Student-Athlete Program (ASAP) that has been installed over the years. Also includes mandatory study halls, drug testing, faculty mentor programs, and special classes covering time management, drug abuse, test taking, and sex education, among others.
Tubb also oversees the operation of the Texan Club, the athletic booster club at SPC comprised of civic leaders and local businessmen and women.
Tubb knows what it means to be a student-athlete at SPC. He played on the men’s intercollegiate golf team under head coach Bill Powell as a student during the 1966-67 school year before transferring to West Texas A&M University. There he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics with a minor in physical education and graduated as a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society in 1971. In 1981, Tubb earned a Master’s degree in physical education from Sul Ross State University. The following year, 1982, Tubb was selected as an Outstanding Young Man of America.
Following a 12-year career as a high school coach and teacher, Tubb returned to his alma mater in 1983 when he accepted the role of Director of Athletics.
Active in the community, Tubb is a past president and Rotarian since 1983. He has also served in various positions including president of the Levelland Country Club, local board member of the American Cancer Society, and director of the George White District of Boy Scouts of America.
Tubb is a lifetime member of the Texas High School Coaches Association and a former member of the Basketball Advisory Committee. He served as Director of Region 5 from 1999-2009 and has been a member of NATYCAA since 1989 and has sat on the NATYCAA board since 2001. In April 2010 he was elected to serve as the NJCAA 1st Vice-President for men, a position he maintained until being elected President.
Tubb and his wife, Kathy, have been married 48 years and have a son, Chad, and a daughter, Lesli, who is a coach’s wife and teacher in Lubbock, Texas. Lesli has two children, Kayli and Kade.
1965-66, 1970-71, 1972-73, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1995-96, 1996-97, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2006-07, 2011-12, 2013-14, 2014-15
Region V Champions
1991-92, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2007-08, 2011-12, 2014-15
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