OSU officially names Brad Underwood new basketball head coach

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Watch OSU introduce Brad Underwood as the new Oklahoma State University head basketball coach.

 

STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State University officially named Brad Underwood the school’s 19th men’s basketball head coach on Monday.

Underwood spent the last three seasons at Stephen F. Austin University where he had a 89-14 record, including going 53-1 in Southland Conference play.

The Kansas native was the first coach to win Southland Conference Coach of the Year for three consecutive seasons.

Underwood played for former Oklahoma A&M football and basketball standout Jack Hartman at Kansas State.

Hartman learned from legendary OSU head basketball coach Henry Iba.

“I named three things that I was looking for in the new head basketball coach at Oklahoma State: character, coaching style and fit,” Holder said. “Brad Underwood gets the highest marks in each of those categories. He played in the Big Eight for Jack Hartman, a disciple of Henry Iba. He has coached and recruited in the Big 12, and has been very successful as a head coach in one of our prime recruiting grounds in the state of Texas. K-State is a sister institution with Oklahoma State in a lot of ways, so anyone who graduates from there and lives in Manhattan is probably going to connect quickly with our fans and our people. And as for character, everyone around him speaks of him as the great friend, father and person he is. In my opinion, Brad Underwood is going to be a great fit for Oklahoma State.”

“There’s not enough adjectives to describe how excited I am for the opportunity to coach where some of the greatest coaches in the history of college basketball have cut their teeth,” Underwood said. “Oklahoma State has unparalleled tradition, history and culture. The fan support, the noise and the home court advantage is what I remember most about Gallagher-Iba Arena, and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of that now. I played in Gallagher-Iba back in the Big Eight days, and then going back as an opposing coach, I can tell you that it’s one of the best venues in the nation. We’re going to have a lot of fun, and I’m excited as heck about the opportunity to get to know the community of Stillwater, and the OSU family.”

Via Oklahoma State, here’s Underwood’s coaching and playing history:

The Underwood File
Oklahoma State – Head Coach (2016-Pr.)
Stephen F Austin – Head Coach (2013-2016)
South Carolina – Assoc. Head Coach (2012-13)
Kansas State – Assoc. Head Coach (2011-12), Asst. Coach (2007-11), Director of Basketball Operations (2006-07)
Daytona Beach CC – Head Coach (2003-06)
Western Illinois – Asst. Coach (1992-2003)
Dodge City CC – Head Coach (1988-92)
Hardin-Simmons – Graduate Asst. (1986-87)

Playing Career
Kansas State (1984-86)
Independence CC (1983-84)
Hardin-Simmons (1982-83)

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