Brad Underwood has proven that last year was no flash in the pan.
The 1982 McPherson High graduate astounded the college basketball world last year when he led Stephen F. Austin University to a 32-3 record in his first year at the helm and into the second round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to UCLA.
The Lumberjacks have followed that up with a 27-4 record and 17-1 mark in the Southland Conference. They are 35-1 in conference play since his arrival.
For that, he was named Monday as the Southland Conference Coach of the Year. His teams are 30-1 at home in two years.
Underwood, who both played and coached at Kansas State, now has a career record of 59-7, becoming the all-time winningest second-year coach in NCAA Division I history, surpassing the 58 victories of North Carolina’s Bill Guthridge from 1997-99, while his .894 winning percentage is tops all-time among second-year head coaches. He already ranks seventh on the all-time victory list at Stephen F. Austin, while his winning percentage is tops all-time in Lumberjack program history.
The Lumberjacks will attempt to defend their conference tournament championship beginning Friday.
According to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, the Lumberjacks are expected to be a No. 12 seed. “Joey Brackets” has the ‘Jacks facing Wichita State in the first round.