SAN ANTONIO, TX (KTRE) - SAN ANTONIO, Texas (News Release)- Stephen F. Austin head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood was named Coach of the Year by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) at a banquet Thursday night.
Underwood, a speaker at the TABC Clinic currently underway in San Antonio (May 15-17), picked up his fourth honor after guiding the Lumberjacks to a historic 2013-14 campaign. Underwood was named the 2014 Joe B. Hall award recipient, given to the nation's top first-year head coach, back on April 4 at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet in Dallas, also being tabbed the 2013-14 Southland Conference and NABC UPS Division I District 23 Coach of the Year.
A finalist for both the Hugh Durham (top mid-major coach) and Jim Phelan (top Division I coach) awards, Underwood led SFA to a 32-3 overall record and berth in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. After clinching both SLC regular season and tournament titles to make the program's second-ever appearance in the big dance, he then put the 'Jacks on the national map, upsetting fifth-seeded VCU in the second round on a four-point play to send the game into overtime where SFA won 77-75. With the win over Shaka Smart's havon-run VCU squad, Underwood picked up the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament win and set a new school record for most wins in a single season at 32.
Under his guidance, the 'Jacks became the first Southland school in the league's 51-year history to win 29 games in the regular season and first 30-game winner, passing the 1984-85 Louisiana Tech team that went29-3 and reached the Sweet 16 with Karl Malone. Along the way, SFA joined top-ranked Florida and second-ranked Wichita State as the only schools to go undefeated in conference play. The 'Jacks became just the 18th team all-time to do so at the Division I level in conference schedules of 18 games or mores.
In Week 17, SFA closed out its conference road schedule 9-0, the first time the 'Jacks have gone undefeated on the road since making the transition to Division I.
With 32 wins, Underwood finished the season ranked third all-time in the NCAA's top 10 best career starts at the Division I level. Underwood passed Steve Prohm (Murray State – 31-12, 2012) and Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh – 31-5, 2004) with the upset of VCU.