Steve Green begins his 14th season leading the South Plains College Texan basketball team where he has attained an overall record of 323 wins and only 91 losses.
Green is only 23 wins shy of 500 career victories as an NJCAA head coach. In his 19 years, Green has won 78-percent of his games, amassing an overall head coaching record of 477 wins and 134 losses.
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 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 477 wins compared to only 134 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)
• Coach of six WJCAC Championship teams
Howard (1989-90, 1990-91), SPC (2001-02, 2002-03, 2006-07, 2011-12)
• 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 third 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 the season 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
Nate Meyer enters his first season as a member of the South Plains College Texan coaching staff, following a one-year stint at Drake University where he served as the Coordinator of Men's Basketball Operations for the Bulldogs.
Prior to being promoted to his full-time position, Meyer was a graduate manager when he was initially hired on July 1, 2010. As a graduate manager, Meyer's responsibilities included overseeing the student-manager staff, serving as the program's video coordinator, along with a variety of other administrative duties as assigned by the coaching staff.
Before his arrival to Drake, Meyer was a student-manager for Coach Doc Sadler's University of Nebraska Cornhusker squads from 2007-2010.
At SPC, Meyer will be involved in scouting, film exchange, video editing, and will also help coordinate his athletes housing needs.
A native of Urbandale, Iowa, Meyer earned a degree in business management from the University of Nebraska in 2010 and completed his master's degree in public administration at Drake University during the summer of 2012.
Joe Walker enters his fifth year at South Plains
College. Hired in October, 2008, Walker
came to South Plains College from Texas Tech University where he served as the
Director of Operations for Track and Field and Cross Country for four years.
At SPC he assists with marketing and promotions of the athletic department, handles statistics at basketball games, responds to media requests regarding sports programs, and assists with UIL activities, among other duties assigned by the athletic director.
Additionally, Walker was instrumental in creating and now coordinates the NJCAA Region 5 website and is responsible for communicating with coaches from around the region to gather scores and other information relevant to the schools competing in Region 5.Walker is a 2003 graduate of the University of Arkansas and attained a Masters degree in education from Sul Ross State University in 2011.