Cayla Petree begins her first season as the head coach of the Lady Texan basketball team. Petree joined the team on April 9, 2015, and hit the ground running.
Petree came to South Plains from Angelo State University; where she led the Belles to the LSC Tournament Championship in her first year. However, having played and coached at a junior college level before Petree felt like South Plains was a good fit, and believes in the potential South Plains College has to compete at a national level.
“It’s all about creating this culture for success,” Petree said. “We want to expand the recruiting to a national level. South Plains has resources and the commitment from the administration to go get the best.”
Before her two seasons at Angelo, Petree had a year stint as an assistant at North Texas in Denton. At North Texas she coached point and shooting guards, like Loryn Goodwin, who she guided to the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year honor, and a selection on the all-conference team. Also, she was able to sign Candice Adams, an ESPN top 100 recruit.
Prior to UNT from 2007-2012, Petree spent her time as head coach rejuvenating Cisco Junior College’s program. In the two years prior to her arrival, Cisco had a 0-60 record. By her third year at Cisco, she had led the Lady Wranglers to the Region V Tournament and had three straight 20-win seasons. Petree coached 14 student-athletes to all-conference honors, and 16-student athletes that continued to play at four-year colleges.
“I try to instill in my players an attitude of, this is where I am, this is where I want to go, and this is what I have to do to get there,” Petree said. “I can really use that mindset with junior college players, both academically and on the basketball court.”
Prior to Cisco, Petree spent some time working as an assistant at New Mexico Junior College and for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association in 2006-2007. Petree says that her experiences as a player at the collegiate level have helped her relate to players in her coaching profession.
She played for Cisco Junior College and Texas Tech University. While at Cisco she played under Ronnie Hearne, and then transferred to Tech where she was a member of the 2003 Elite Eight Team under Hall of Fame Coach Marsha Sharp.
“From the first moment I met Cayla Petree, it was obvious how much passion she had for the game of basketball,” said Sharp. “The other thing I learned about Cayla was her incredible work ethic. I think that has been a major factor in her coaching success. She will bring great energy and experience to South Plains. She will be a strong contributor to every area of the college. I am really excited to be able to watch her teams play.”
In 2006 she graduated from Texas Tech with a Master’s of Science in sports management, and in 2004 she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sport science communication from Texas Tech.
Kyle Herring enters his first season as the assistant women’s basketball coach at South Plains College. He will work alongside new head coach, Cayla Petree. Herring stated that he wants to help the women’s basketball program at South Plains garner national attention that he knows the program is capable of.
“I love helping other people achieve their dreams,” Herring said. “Achieve the things they did not think were possible.”
Herring spent the past two seasons at Chipola College in Marianna, Fla. There he assisted the Lady Indians to a NJCAA National Champion finish during the 2014-15 season over Hutchinson Community College at the NJCAA National Tournament in Salina, Kan. In his two years at Chipola College he assisted in attaining an overall record of 69 wins and only three losses.
Before he arrived at Chipola he spent one year as an assistant coach at Clarksville Academy. Prior to he spent three years as the assistant women’s basketball coach at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn. There he also served as recruiting coordinator and worked extensively with guards and posts. From 2008 to 2009 he was an assistant coach at Alcorn State in Lorman, Miss. He is also well adjusted to the aspects of recruiting, game planning, and scouting from his year stint in Borger, Texas at Frank Phillips College where the Plainsmen posted a 20-10 mark.
In 2003, Herring began his NJCAA coaching experience at Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg, Ill. During his three seasons the Lady Falcons posted a 93-13 record, including three consecutive undefeated conference seasons and three straight trips to the NJCAA National Tournament. The Harrisburg, Ill native earned his associate degree at SIC and then in 2007 graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with a bachelor’s in Liberal Studies.
He was also a three-year varsity letterman in basketball at Harrisburg High School with a record of 68-26 marking an Elite Eight and Sweet 16 finish in the state tournament. In addition, he lettered two years in football and three years in track where he advanced to the state meet once. He was a competitive swimmer from the age of five and has been involved in numerous sports, including coaching grade school basketball, softball, baseball and football.
Brock Kimball enters his first season as a member of the South Plains College Lady Texan basketball coaching staff. He spent the past two years as the graduate assistant coach with the men’s basketball team at Angelo State University, where he helped guide the Rams to a 47-15 record.
“I decided to come to South Plains to work with Cayla Petree,” Kimball said. “[While here] I want to win every game on the schedule, graduate players, and help athletes reach their potential both on the court and in life.”
This past season Kimball worked closely with Chris Beard the 2014-15 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) South Central Coach of the Year. During that time the Rams finished with their best season in school history, with a 28-6 record.
Kimball played college basketball at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas from 2011 to 2013, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Before transferring to McMurry, he played two seasons at Texas A&M University-Kingsville after graduating from Ingleside High School in Ingleside, Texas.
Throughout his high school career his father, Bruce Kimball, coached him, and his senior year he was the lead scorer in the state of Texas with 33 points per game. His sister, Brittani Kimball, is the head basketball coach at Lexington ISD in Lexington, Texas, and his mother, Vicki Kimball, has been involved in education for over 15 years.
Will Kelly begins 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.
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