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NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Former USC assistant coach Brad Underwood was named the 11th head coach of the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack basketball program, SFA Director of Athletics Robert Hill announced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

Underwood comes to SFA with 27 years in the coaching profession, including the last two seasons as an associate head coach at both South Carolina and Kansas State with current Gamecock head coach Frank Martin.

"Brad Underwood brings years of experience to SFA and has coached at the highest levels of Division I basketball," SFA Director of Athletics Robert Hill said.

"All of this plus his knowledge of the game and ability to recruit makes him the perfect hire for our men's basketball program. He has great plans on how we can make this program even better."

Underwood spent last season as Martin's top assistant in the staff's first year in Columbia, helping the Gamecocks to four more wins than the previous season.

Prior to USC, Underwood served on the Kansas State staff for six years, beginning in May 2006 as the director of operations for then-head coach Bob Huggins. After serving in that capacity for the 2006-07 campaign, Underwood was promoted to assistant coach prior to the 2007-08 season, Martin's first as the head coach at KSU.

A Kansas State graduate, Underwood helped coach several all-conference players and two All-Americans at his alma mater, while helping the Wildcats win at least 21 games each season and finishing fifth or higher in the Big 12 each year.

"I am very excited about this opportunity to take over a wonderful program in a beautiful town," Underwood said.

"I look forward to a long and very successful time in Nacogdoches. This is a program that has been regarded as one of the top program's in the Southland for a number of years, and I feel very priviledged to take over a program where the culture of wining is already in place. I look forward to winning, and leading this program to future championships."

Underwood replaces Danny Kaspar as head coach after Kaspar recently left to take the head coaching position at Texas State. He finished his 13-year career ranked second all-time at SFA in wins with 246.

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