Colorado Springs, CO – With a third national championship added to his resume this year, South Plains (TX) head coach Steve Green has been named the 2017-18 Spalding® NJCAA DI Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year.
Green led the Texans to a 28-8 record on the year that included a remarkable run through the national tournament as the No. 13 seed. The Texans edged Southern Idaho 98-95 to capture the program’s third title. Green also led the Texans to the 2007-08 and 2011-12 national titles.
After losing two of the team’s first three games of the year, Green rallied the Texans to a strong finish with eight consecutive wins, six coming over ranked teams. On the outside looking in at the start of the Region V Tournament, South Plains captured the regional and district championships before rattling off five wins at the national tournament.
The Texans joined the 2016 Salt Lake (UT) team as the lowest seed to ever win a national championship.
South Plains sophomore Jordan Brangers earned 2017-18 NJCAA DI Men’s Basketball All-America Honorable Mention honors under Green.
Green has served as the head coach of the Texans since 2000 with a career record of 462-122. Green was inducted into the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2015.