Michelle Wyatt begins her 10th season as head coach of the Lady Texans. In her first nine campaigns, Wyatt has led the Lady Texans to a record of 195 wins compared to only 76 losses (.702), including a 90-28 (.763) mark in Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) games.
In the 2012-13 season, Wyatt led the Lady Texans to a share of the Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) championship for SPC’s sixth league title in women’s basketball. The Lady Texans finished their championship season with an overall record of 25-6 and a league mark of 11-3.
A victory over New Mexico Junior College on February 2, 2006 began a remarkable 44-game home winning streak that included three seasons in which the Lady Texans did not lose a game at home (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09). The Lady Texans maintained that record through the first seven home games of the 2009-10 season before falling to Midland on February 8, 2010.
Wyatt’s teams also excel in the classroom and were acknowledged for their hard work after the 2008-09 season when they finished seventh in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Academic top 20 poll for community colleges, posting a 3.26 team grade point average.
After serving as an assistant to SPC legend Lyndon Hardin for six years, Wyatt took over as head coach in 2005.
In her first year as head coach, Wyatt led the Lady Texans to a 25-6 record and a spot in the Region V tournament championship game. In her second season, the Lady Texans went 31-2 and won a WJCAC Co-Championship and were ranked No. 1 in the nation for much of the year. In 2007-08, SPC finished with a record of 26-4. The Lady Texans again won the WJCAC Championship and advanced to the Region V Championship game.
Wyatt is a graduate of Spur High School and played college basketball for two years at Abilene Christian University before transferring to Wayland Baptist for her last two years of eligibility.
During her senior year, the Flying Queens finished 30-5 and were 1992 NAIA national runners-up.
Wyatt started her coaching career as a graduate assistant at Texas Christian University from 1993-95. She left TCU to become an assistant at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas and later became an assistant at Wayland Baptist for three years before joining the SPC staff as an assistant in 1999.
Wyatt has worked camps at Wayland Baptist University, Texas Christian University, Texas Tech University and South Plains College. She was Co-Director of the annual Wyatt-White Basketball Camp in Spur, Texas in 1995-96, a camp she conducted with her cousin Lance White, an assistant coach at Florida State University. She oversaw a varsity camp, a day camp and a mini-camp designed especially for kindergarten through third graders.
In her spare time, Wyatt enjoys running and participated in the Boston Marathon in 1999. She also enjoys playing golf.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and a minor in Biology. She earned her Master’s degree in Sport Pedagogy from Texas Christian University.
Carolyn Wadley begins her first season as an assistant coach for the South Plains College Lady Texan basketball squad after serving in various coaching positions in the high school ranks since 2009.
Wadley’s most recent coaching stops included high schools at Brownfield and Estacado (Lubbock).
Coach Wadley is no stranger to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) as she was a student-athlete at Salt Lake Community College where she played basketball from 2003-2005.
Following her stint at Salt Lake CC, Wadley transferred to the South Plains to attend and play basketball at Lubbock Christian University. As a senior, Wadley led the Lady Chaps in scoring and rebounding with 14.8 points and eight rebounds per game to help LCU to the Elite Eight of the NAIA National Tournament.
At the 2008 National Tournament, Wadley improved her numbers to 20 points and nearly 10 rebounds in three contests.
In Wadley’s first season at LCU she helped lead the Lady Chaps to a runner-up finish at the 2006 National Tournament.
After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2008, Wadley returned to Lubbock Christian where she also earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership in December 2013.
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.
1997-98, 2001-02, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2012-13
Region V Champions
1976-77, 1989-90, 2004-05
1989-90 6th place
2004-05 4th place
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