2011-12 Men's Basketball
Record: 36-0  Home: 12-0  Away: 12-0  Neutral: 12-0  WJCAC: 14-0
2011-12 Men's Basketball Coaches
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Steve Green - Head Coach - 12th Season

Steve Green begins his twelfth year as head coach of the South Plains College Texans, where he has an overall record of 265 wins and only 83 losses. Under his guidance the Texans have won three Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) and three Region 5 championships. During the 2007-08 campaign, Green led the Texans to the NJCAA national championship game where they defeated Salt Lake City Community College by the score of 67-56 to claim the school's first ever national championship in basketball. After the season Green was named NJCAA coach of the year.

In addition to his success at SPC Green has also led two other schools to WJCAC championships, has been named WJCAC coach of the year three times (1988-89, 1989-90, 2006-07) and sports an overall head coaching record of 419 wins compared to only 126 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 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 where he earned 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)

Coaching Career

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

Coaching Highlights
-2007-08 NJCAA National Champions
-NJCAA Coach of the (2007-08)
-WJCAC Coach of the Year (1988-89, 1989-90, 2006-07)
-Coach of five WJCAC Championship teams
Howard (1989-90, 1990-91), SPC (2001-02, 2002-03, 2006-07)
-Coach of five Region 5 Championship Teams
Howard (1990-91), Midland (1993-94), SPC (2001-02, 2002-03, 2007-08)

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Hank Plona - Assistant Coach - 1st Season

Hank Plona begins his first season as an assistant coach for Steve Green's Texan basketball team after serving in a similar role at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, where he helped coach the Warriors to a 23-10 record and an appearance in the Region XI championship game.

At South Plains Plona will play an integral role in the recruitment of student-athletes as well as assisting with player schedules, academics, and other daily office operations.

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 is due to complete a Masters of Business Administration in December, 2011.

Coaching Experience

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

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Mendy Wyatt - Head Athletic Trainer - 1st Season

Mendy Wyatt begins her first year as head athletic trainer at South Plains College after spending the previous 3 1/2 years as an athletic trainer and Outreach Services Coordinator for Lubbock Sports Medicine where she coordinated schedules for twenty-eight high school outreach programs in addition to supervising athletic trainers in an outreach setting, among many other duties.

At South Plains College, Wyatt'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. She is no stranger to SPC as she has helped cover events in the past and has served as Coach Michelle Wyatt's summer camp trainer for six years.

The native of Abilene also has previous work experience as an athletic trainer at Covenant Sports Medicine (1997-2007), Abilene Muscle and Joint Clinic (1993-1996), and Ryder High School (1992-1993) in Wichita Falls.

Wyatt received a bachelor's degree from McMurry University and has earned hours toward a Masters of Athletic Training degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). She is currently working to finish a masters degree in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Married in 1995, Wyatt and her husband Robert have twin boys, Alex and Ryan, who are currently in the seventh grade. Wyatt's hobbies include reading, working with rescue animals, and watching her children play sports.

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Justin Brown - Assistant Coach - 1st Season

A former SPC Texan basketball player, Justin Brown enters his first season as an assistant coach at his alma mater and returns to South Plains after a year at Prospectives Charter School in Chicago, Illinois.

A native of Chicago, Brown helped Prospectives to an undefeated season and a city championship.

Brown played for the Texans from 2005-2007 and helped South Plains to the Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) championship in the 2006-07 season, the last time the Texans won the conference championship.

After SPC, Brown transferred to Southwest Baptist University, an NCAA Division II school located in Bolivar, Missouri where he helped the Bearcats to back-to-back conference championships (2007-08, 2008-09). During the 2009-10 season he began his coaching career serving as a student-assistant for the Bearcats.

Brown received a Bachelor's degree in Sport Management from Southwest Baptist and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Secondary Education from Lubbock Christian University.

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Ellie Barrington - Athletic Trainer

Ellie is from Astoria, Oregon a small town on the coast. She attended Astoria High School where she played volleyball and graduated in 2002. She majored in Human Physiology at the University of Oregon, graduating in 2006. She is now in her second year in the Master of Athletic Training Program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and will graduate in May. Ellie will be working with all of the SPC teams during the fall. Her hobbies include playing fantasy football and watching the Ducks whenever possible. Her favorite athlete is Steve Nash. She first became interested in athletic training when she was injured in high school.

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Brice Gale - Athletic Trainer

Brice is a freshman from Amherst, TX, graduating from Amherst High School in 2011. He is the son of Bruce Gale and Gayla and Tim Gonzalez and has an older sister, Cassi Gale and a younger stepbrother, Nikolas Gonzales. His favorite sports figure is Dwayne Wade but his favorite team is the Dallas Mavericks. Brice became interested in athletic training after hurting his knee in high school. He will be working with the SPC Men's Basketball team.

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Mason Langenderfer - Manager - 2nd Season

High School: Graduated from Evergreen High School in 2010 played varsity basketball two years and varsity football one year.

Intended College Major: Undecided

Hobbies: Playing Xbox, basketball, reading

Personal: Born September 26, 1992 in Toledo, Ohio, Mason is the son of John and Amy Langenderfer. A native of Metamora, Ohio, Mason came to South Plains College because he wanted to be part of a winning basketball program and wants to eventually become a coach. His favorite athlete is Kobe Bryant.

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Jackson Langenderfer - Manager - 2nd Season

High School: Graduated from Evergreen High School in 2010 In basketball, helped Evergreen to only their second league title in school history In football, was named to the All-League Second team and played in the Northwest Ohio All-Star game.

Intended College Major: Education

Hobbies: Reading and playing video games

Personal: Born October 17, 1991 in Metamora, Ohio, Jackson is the son of John and Amy Langenderfer Chose to attend SPC because he wanted to be part of a winning basketball program and plans to eventually become a teacher and coach.

WJCAC Champions
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

NJCAA Champions
2007-2008, 2011-12