Underwood guides team into the Big Dance

By Steve Sell
March 16, 2014
T.J. Underwood

What a first year it has been for McPherson native Brad Underwood as coach of the Stephen F. Austin University Lumberjacks.

With a 68-49 victory over Sam Houston State on Saturday in the finals of the Southland Conference Tournament, Underwood’s team will be waiting today to hear its name called during the NCAA Tournament Bracket Show.

The Lumberjacks’ win was their 28th in a row and they are now 31-2 on the season.

Underwood is best known for having served as an assistant coach to Bob Huggins and Frank Martin at Kansas State. He spent last year as an assistant to Martin at South Carolina before finally landing his big break for his first NCAA Division I head job.

Underwood is a 1982 graduate of McPherson High School and is the son of Jan (pictured above with Brad) and the late W.D. Underwood of McPherson. He played one year at Hardin-Simmons University in Texas and then one year at Independence Junior College, where he sparked the Pirates to a runner-up national juco finish in 1984. He completed his career playing for Jack Hartman at Kansas State.