Underwood leads SFA to another league title

By Steve Sell
February 28, 2016

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — McPherson High graduate Brad Underwood has been head basketball coach at Stephen F. Austin University for three years.

And he’s now led the Lumberjacks to three Southland Conference championships.

What amounted to their fourth overall, the ‘Jacks routed Houston Baptist 82-54 on Saturday to improve to 15-0 in league play, with three games left to play. The team plays on Monday at Incarnate Word.

The Lumberjacks are 22-5 overall on the year.

Underwood, a 1982 MHS grad, has led SFA to the NCAA Tournament each of the last two years. His overall record is 83-13.

He is the son of Jan and the late Warren Underwood of McPherson. He still holds the single-season McPherson High record for highest scoring average in a season at 24.2 in 1981-82. He played one year at Hardin-Simmons University, one year at Independence Community Junior College (sparking the Pirates to second in the national tournament) before finishing out his career playing for Jack Hartman at Kansas State.

He’s had success at several coaching stops, including Dodge City Community College, Daytona Beach Community College, Western Illinois University and was an assistant to both Bob Huggins and Frank Martin at Kansas State. He was on Martin’s staff for one year at South Carolina as well before getting the Stephen F. Austin job.