South Plains College Head Rodeo Coach Kerry Doster enters his sixth season at the helm of the Texan and Lady Texan rodeo program. He has guided South Plains to some of their best seasons in school history.
This past season the Texan rodeo team finished eighth in the Southwest Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA), while the Lady Texans finished in ninth in the region.
During 2013-14, Doster coached Shay Spitz who qualified and competed in the barrel racing and breakaway roping events at the 2014 College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in Casper, Wyo. Spitz went on to finish third overall in the all-around and fourth in the barrel racing. Doster’s Texan squad that year finished third in the team standings in the Southwest Region while Ty Willick and J.W. Ery both qualified for the CNFR in steer wrestling. The previous year Willick was the 2013 Southwest Region Champion in steer wrestling.
Before coming to South Plains, Doster served as the head coach of the Sul Ross State University rodeo team from June 1996 until accepting his current role prior to the 2010-11 school year.
Doster is ambitious and sees no reason the Texan and Lady Texan programs cannot elevate to new heights.
“Our expectation is to win the men’s and women’s regional title with hopes of a title at the College National Finals Rodeo,” states Doster. “The administrative staff at South Plains College has given the rodeo program the resources and tools to be successful.”
Doster’s career in college rodeo began when he became a member of the Weatherford College rodeo team from 1992-1994. After graduating from Weatherford Doster transferred to Sul Ross where he continued to compete in the saddle bronc, bareback, and steer wrestling events until he graduated with a degree in Ag Business in 1996. Doster completed a masters of science degree in 2009, also from Sul Ross.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Doster was a member of the PRCA from 1994-2004 while competing in saddle bronc and steer wrestling. He still competes in steer wrestling and team roping, in addition to training horses in his spare time.
Doster and his wife, Lacey, reside in Levelland and have one daughter, Kellyanna.
A 2011 graduate of Tarleton State University, KC Curtis enters his third season as the assistant rodeo coach for the South Plains College Texans and Lady Texans.
A native of Monroe, Utah, Curtis is very familiar with the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) as he is a two-time qualifier to the College National Finals Rodeo in the team roping event.
Curtis began his collegiate rodeo career at Howard College where he competed for the Hawks from 2007-2009 before transferring to Tarleton State University where he completed an undergraduate degree in Business Administration.
In 2008, Curtis and teammate Calvin Brevik qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in Casper, Wyo., finishing sixth overall. Curtis again qualified for the prestigious collegiate rodeo final in 2010 with Tarleton.
Professionally, Curtis has made multiple trips to the Wilderness Circuit finals held in Ogden, Utah, competing in the team roping and calf roping events.
Curtis is engaged to Kelli Lohse who is a former member of the Lady Texan rodeo team where she competed in the goat tying and breakaway roping events.
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.
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.
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.
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