Steve Green begins his 16th season leading the South Plains College Texan basketball team where he has compiled a record of 381 wins and only 104 losses.
Green returned to the NJCAA National Tournament for the eighth time with his 2014-15 Texan squad. At the Tournament, the decorated coach was inducted into the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on March 16, 2015.
The Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) champions earned their spot in the NJCAA National Tournament after winning the NJCAA Region V Tournament. In route to the championship game the Texans defeated the top three regular season ranked teams No. 1 Vincennes, No. 2 Connors State, and No. 3 Hill College. They ended their season as the National Runner-Up, after an 83-80 overtime loss to Northwest Florida State College.
At South Plains, Green’s accomplishments include six conference titles, five regional championships, six national tournament appearances and two national titles. In 2008 Green won his first NJCAA National Championship. In 2012, Coach Green claimed his second National Championship, while obtaining a 36-0 season record. It is 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.
Prior to South Plains, Coach 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.
Green’s NJCAA head-coaching debut was at Howard College in 1988 after assistant coaching stints at the University of Arkansas, Lamar University, and the University of Houston. In his three-seasons at Howard he produced two WJCAC titles, one regional championship and an overall record of 81-19. He then guided Midland College to a 73-24 record, a region championship and appearance in the National Tournament garnering an eighth place finish. The two time NJCAA National Coach of the Year has amassed an overall win loss record of 532 – 146, including eight conference titles, seven regional championships and two national crowns
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)
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, prior to the 2012-13 season, at Northwest Tech. In his three years there he amassed 56 wins, which is the most any coach under the age of 30 to accomplish in the NJCAA by the end of 2014-15.
During his last season with the Mavericks, Herl led them to their second consecutive 20-win season (20-11). The first time was the 2013-14 season, where Northwest Tech hit a 20-13 record mark, and went to the Semi-Finals in the NJCAA Region VI tournament.
In just three years, Herl placed four players on the All-Region VI team, two athletes were placed on the NJCAA Region VI All-Tournament team, and he had one Sport News JUCO All-American. He has coached five players who have signed to the Division I level. Among those athletes is Gian Clavell to Colorado State University, Northwest Tech’s first NCAA Division I signee.
Prior to his head coaching stint at Northwest Tech, Herl spent a year as an assistant coach at Colorado Mesas University in Grand Junction, Colo. under Jim Heaps. Before joining the staff, Herl was apart of the CMU basketball team. There he was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference First Team, Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and All-Academic First Team. Herl graduated from CMU in May of 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Science. He was ranked in the top 13 in five career statistical categories at CMU. Before his two-years at CMU, Herl played two years for Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kan. In addition, Herl received his Master’s degree in Athletic Administration and Coaching from Concordia University. He is a proud father of a three-year-old, Carter Herl.
Suzy Ghattas joins South Plains College as the new Assistant Athletic Trainer where she will assist Will Kelly in the Athletic Training program.
Ghattas received her Master’s degree in Athletic Training in May 2015 from Texas Tech University’s Health Sciences Center and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California at Los Angeles in 2008. Before she moved to Texas, Ghattas worked with athletes at Rio Hondo Community College in Whittier, Cailf. During those two years she obtained certificates in the Fitness Specialist and Athletic Trainer Aide programs.
While working towards her degree in athletic training, Ghattas supplied athletic training services to a diverse population of athletes involved in contact and non-contact sports. She worked with high schools in the Lubbock area and as well as with middle school athletes at Lubbock Sports Treatment Center. She also provided athletic training services and experience to Wayland Baptist University and the Texas Tech University Women’s Volleyball Team.
Ghattas is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has a strong background in Strength and Conditioning. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, the Southwest Athletic Trainer Association, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and is M1 Certified in Graston Technique.
Will Kelly begin his second season as the head athletic trainer for the South Plains College Texans and Lady Texans.
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, Kelly 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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