Report: USC's Underwood hired by Stephen F. Austin State
Tue, 23 Apr 2013 03:30:04 GMT —
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - After one season as an associate head coach for the South Carolina men's basketball team, reports out Monday indicate Brad Underwood has been hired as the new head coach at Stephen F. Austin State.
CBS Sports first reported the hire Monday afternoon. Underwood's possible hiring had been speculated about for several days.
Underwood spent one season with the Gamecocks under current head coach Frank Martin after serving as an assistant under Martin at Kansas State from 2007-2011.
Underwood is credited with playing a major role in helping revitalize the Kansas State program while coaching under Martin, with the team making four trips to the NCAA Tournament during his time with the Wildcats.
Frank Martin has called Underwood "a strong recruiter and excellent bench coach" in the past.
Stephen F. Austin had been looking for a coach since early April, when the school's long-time head man Danny Kaspar announced his resignation after 13 years on the job. Kaspar left to take a job as the head coach at Texas State.
Underwood will have some work to do when he arrives in Nacogdoches. The Lumberjacks are losing three seniors from their starting five, including the team's top two scorers.
Stephen F. Austin won the Southland Conference regular season championship this past season, but failed to earn the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament by losing in the conference tournament. The Lumberjacks were chosen for the 2013 NIT, but lost 58-57 to Stanford in the first round.
The Stephen F. Austin job will be Underwood's first Division I collegiate head coaching job.
As of late Monday, there had been no official statement issued about Underwood' status with the University of South Carolina.