Steve Green begins his 15th season leading the South Plains College Texan basketball team where he has attained an overall record of 352 wins and only 97 losses.
On Feb. 17, 2014, Green hit a coaching milestone when he earned his 500th career head coaching victory, defeating New Mexico Military 60-50 at the Texan Dome. Green’s 2013-14 squad went on to claim the Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) championship for the 12th time in school history and and fifth time under Green’s tutelage.
Last year’s Texan team also advanced to the Elite Eight of the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan.
Green’s 2011-12 Texan squad became only the sixth team in the history of the NJCAA - the first since 1999 - to complete an undefeated season en-route to claiming their second NJCAA Championship in five seasons with a 81-68 victory over second-ranked Northwest Florida State College in the title game. With the victory, South Plains finished the season with a 36-0 record and Green became only the 11th coach in NJCAA men’s basketball history to win multiple national championships.
Following the season, Green was named NJCAA Coach of the Year for the second time, while Texan sharpshooter Marshall Henderson earned Division I Player of the Year accolades.
Green also led the Texans to the 2007-08 NJCAA Championship, defeating Salt Lake CC 67-56 for the title.
In addition to his success at the national level, Green has also led two other schools to WJCAC championships; has been named WJCAC Coach of the Year four times (1988-89, 1989-90, 2006-07, 2011-12) and sports an overall head coaching record of 506 wins compared to only 140 losses.
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. He took over a program that had five-straight losing seasons prior to his arrival, but led the team to a No. 1 NJCAA national ranking in just his second year at the school. From 1989-1991 Green led the Hawks to a record of 61 wins and only 6 losses, winning two consecutive WJCAC championships along the way and a Region 5 championship during the 1990-91 season.
Green then left the Hawks for nearby Midland College in 1991 where he led the Chaps to a record of 73 wins and 24 losses and a top-10 NJCAA national ranking in each of his three years guiding the team. He was named Region 5 Coach of the Year for the 1993-94 season when his team took home the regional championship to earn his second trip to the national tournament.
From 1994 until 1999 Green 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 before his arrival at South Plains College prior to the 2000-2001 season.
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 Coach of the (2007-08, 2011-12)
• WJCAC Coach of the Year (1988-89, 1989-90, 2006-07, 2011-12, 2013-14)
• Coach of six WJCAC Championship teams
Howard (1989-90, 1990-91), SPC (2001-02, 2002-03, 2006-07, 2011-12, 2013-14)
• Coach of six Region 5 Championship Teams
Howard (1990-91), Midland (1993-94), SPC (2001-02, 2002-03, 2007-08, 2011-12)
Hank Plona enters his fourth season as an assistant coach for Steve Green's Texan basketball team. In his first season, Plona helped lead the Texans to an undefeated season in which the Texans finished as NJCAA Champions and a 36-0 record.
Plona plays an integral role in the recruitment of SPC student-athletes, as well as assisting with player schedules, academics, and other daily operations within the program.
Before arriving on the South Plains, Plona served in a similar capacity at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Ia.
Prior to his stint at Indian Hills, Plona served as an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith where he was responsible for coaching the post players. Plona also recruited Jake Toupal, a player who would go on to be named the Heartland Conference Freshman of the Year for the 2010-11 season.
A 2007 graduate of Providence College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Plona completed a Masters of Business Administration degree in December, 2011.
May 2011 - Present: Assistant Men's Coach, South Plains College
October 2010 - May 2011: Assistant Men's Coach, Indian Hills CC
June 2009 - September 2010: Assistant Men's Coach, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
June 2007 - May 2009: Graduate Assistant Men's Coach, Providence College
November 2004 - June 2007: Undergraduate Student Manager, Providence College
Cole Dewey enters his first season as a member of the South Plains College Texan coaching staff after serving in a similar capacity at Garden City Community College in Kansas.
At South Plains, Dewey will be involved in scouting, film exchange, video editing, in addition to a myriad of other duties.
Prior to his stint at Garden City, Dewey was a graduate assistant coach for Campbell University, a Division I program in Buies Creek, N.C.. At Campbell, Dewey coached two Big South All-Conference performers in Darren White and Eric Griffin. Griffin went on to play for Garden City and has been a member of the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat’s summer league teams the last two years.
Dewey played college basketball at Campbell University, helping the Camels to 45 victories over a three-year span in addition to posting a 29-14 home court record. In 2008 the Camels claimed the Atlantic Sun Conference regular season championship and also claimed their first victory over an SEC foe since 1994 with a win over Auburn.
Will Kelly begins his first season as the head athletic trainer for the South Plains College Texans and Lady Texans.
A native of Allen, Texas, Will’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.
A 2014 graduate of the Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Kelly is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association.
Kelli Henderson begins her first season at South Plains College where she will assist Will Kelly in the Athletic Training program.
Henderson earned a Master of Athletic Training from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in May 2014. While working toward her advanced degree she participated in more than 1,000 hours of clinical rotations that included stints at Monterey High School, Frenship High School, Zach’s Club, and the Texas Tech baseball and softball teams.
Before moving to Lubbock, Henderson was a student-athlete at the University of Northern Colorado located in Greeley, Colo. As a member of the Lady Bear softball program, Henderson was a team captain who took a leadership role in helping recruit potential student athletes when they made on-campus visits.
Joe Tubb enters his 32nd year as the Director of Athletics at South Plains College where he has overseen 35 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 seconds largest intercollegiate athletic association.
Tubb - who has served in multiple capacities over the years and has been instrumental in the growth of two-year collegiate athletics - was the recipient of the highest honor bestowed upon 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 including 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 35 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 as SPC athletes brought home national titles in the women’s half-marathon, men’s basketball, and men’s 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 and also brought the basketball championship home 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 11 NJCAA Championship events, most recently the 2013 men’s golf, 2012 men’s and women’s half marathon, and the 2012 Outdoor Track and Field Championships where the Texans and Lady Texans swept the team titles. South Plains College is scheduled to host the 2014 cross country and 2016 outdoor track and field championships.
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 and 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 where 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 47 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
Region V Champions
1991-92, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2007-08, 2011-12
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