Brad Underwood will replace Travis Ford as Oklahoma State’s basketball coach.
Stephen F. Austin head basketball coach Brad Underwood has submitted his resignation, announced today by the SFA Athletic Department. Underwood has been announced as the new head men’s basketball coach at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla.
“There is no question Brad has elevated our men’s basketball program, athletic department and University to a national brand,” said SFA director of athletics Robert Hill. “We will always be indebted to him for what he was able to accomplish. He engrained himself into the community and campus and there is no place he isn’t admired and well liked. I expect to see him accepting a national championship trophy before he completes his career. We wish him only the best.”
Brad Underwood leaves Nacogdoches having cemented his legacy on the Lumberjack basketball program, putting SFA basketball on the national map. In his three seasons at SFA, Underwood compiled an overall record of 89-14, setting the program record with an .864 winning percentage.
A three-time Southland Conference Coach of the Year, Underwood went 53-1 (.981) in SLC play and posted a 59-1 (.983) record against Southland foes, leading the Lumberjacks to three-straight Southland Conference regular season and tournament titles.
With Brad Underwood at the helm, SFA advanced to the NCAA tournament in all three of his seasons in Nacogdoches, advancing to the Round of 32 in both 2014 and 2016. A 12-seed in 2014, the Lumberjacks rallied to knock off fifth-seeded VCU in overtime to give the program its first-ever NCAA tournament win.
In 2016, the 14th-seeded Lumberjacks staged one of the biggest upsets in tournament history, defeating third-seeded West Virginia 70-56 before coming up one point short against sixth-seeded Notre Dame, falling 76-75 on a last-second tip-in.
Brad Underwood has etched his name into the NCAA record books as well as his 61 wins through his first two seasons are the most by a second year head coach in Division I history. Underwood’s 89 wins through three seasons is also tied with Brad Stevens (Butler) for the most victories by a third year head coach in NCAA history.
The success of the SFA basketball program has brought a number of accolades for Underwood, including being named the 2014 Joe B. Hall award winner, given annually to the nation’s top first year coach. Underwood was a finalist for the 2014 Jim Phelan award, given to the nation’s top Division I coach, and is a two-time finalist for the Hugh Durham Award for the nation’s top mid-major coach.
Brad Underwood was named the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) Coach of the Year in 2014 after leading SFA to a 32-3 record and its first NCAA tournament victory. He also has been named the NABC UPS Division I District 23 Coach of the Year in both 2014 and 2015.
A national search for SFA’s next head men’s basketball coach will begin immediately.