Steve Green - Head Coach - 18th Season
Steve Green begins his 18th season leading the South Plains College Texan basketball team where he has compiled a record of 434 wins and 114 losses.
The decorated coach was inducted into the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on March 16, 2015. The two-time national coach of the year returned to the NJCAA National Tournament for the ninth time with his 2016-17 Texan squad.
The team earned a No. 2 seed at the National Tournament after being crowned Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) Champions. The Texans set a program record as they were ranked No. 1 in the country by the NJCAA for 16 consecutive weeks. South Plains would eventually go on to take third at the National Tournament after dismantling Northwest Florida State 103-75 in their final game.
At South Plains, Green accomplishments include seven conference titles, five regional championships, and seven national tournament appearances, and two national titles. In 2012, Coach Green’s team went 36-0, claiming their second NJCAA National Championship, only the sixth time in the history of the NJCAA for a team to attain such perfection. His second national title put him in an elite class with 11 others who have won multiple championships, and in 2008 was when he received his first national title.
He has amassed an overall win-loss record of 588–157, including nine conference titles, seven regional championships, and two national crowns. 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. In his three-seasons there he produced two WJCAC titles, one regional championship and an overall record of 81-19. From there he guided Midland College to a 73-24 record, a region championship and appearance in the National Tournament garnering an eighth-place finish.
Before his arrival at South Plains in 2000, he 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.
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, earning 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)
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
NJCAA National Champions (2007-08, 2011-12)
NJCAA National Runner-Up (2014-15)
NJCAA Coach of the Year (2007-08, 2011-12)
WJCAC Coach of the Year (1988-89, 1989-90, 2006-07, 2011-12, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2016-2017)
Coach of seven WJCAC Championship teams at South Plains
Howard (1989-90, 1990-91), SPC (2001-02, 2002-03, 2006-07, 2011-12, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2016-2017)
Coach of six Region V Championship Teams
Howard (1990-91), Midland (1993-94), SPC (2001-02, 2002-03, 2007-08, 2011-12, 2014-15)