LEVELLAND — Serving as the Director of Athletics at South Plains College for 33 years, Joe Tubb was instrumental not only to the success of student-athletes in Levelland, but became a face and a voice for two-year colleges across the country serving as the President of the NJCAA.
Already an NJCAA and Western Junior College Athletic Conference Hall of Fame inductee, Tubb will receive two more distinguished honors this summer as it was announced the decorated AD has been selected to the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Hall of Fame, as well as the National Alliance of Two-Year Collegiate Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Hall of Fame.
Tubb's history with each organization is outstanding. He received the highest honor bestowed by NATYCAA, the L. William Miller Award in June of 2012, and was honored as the National Athletic Director of the Year by NACDA in both 2006 and 2010.
The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) was founded in 1965. The largest association of collegiate athletics administrators, NACDA boasts a membership of more than 15,700 individuals and more than 1,700 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Members include athletics directors, associate and assistant athletics directors, conference commissioners and affiliate individuals or corporations.
Established in 1987 and affiliated with NACDA in 1999, NATYCAA is the only professional organization that represents all two-year institutions of higher education in the United States.
Beginning his career at the helm of the South Plains College Athletics Department in 1983, the Texan and Lady Texan basketball teams claimed a combined 15 Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) championships and eight Region 5 tournament titles under Tubb's guidance.
South Plains College captured 42 NJCAA national titles during Tubb's tenure, with the 2011-12 season being one of the most successful in program history. South Plains' 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. They also won the basketball championship in 2008.
In addition to his duties leading the SPC athletic department, Tubb served a three-year term as President of the NJCAA where he was responsible for a myriad of duties including presiding over annual, executive, and special meetings for the nation's second-largest intercollegiate athletic association.
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.
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, has been an active member of NATYCAA since 1989 and has sat on the NATYCAA board since 2001. In April 2010, he was elected to serve as NJCAA 1st Vice-President for men, a position he maintained until being elected President.