NACOGDOCHES, TX (KLTV) -
Danny Kaspar won 246 games at Stephen F. Austin, leading the Lumberjacks to their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009. Last April, Kaspar decided it was time to move on, leaving for Texas State after 13 seasons in Nacogdoches. SFA athletic director Robert Hill knew he was losing a great coach. Hill hoped he could find an even better one.
One year does not make a legacy, but Brad Underwood is well on his way to fulfilling Hill's goal.
In his first season has a division one head coach, Underwood has already led the Lumberjacks to multiple school and Southland Conference records, including the first ever 30 win season.
"He just brought that fire and intensity," said SFA senior Deshaunt Walker.
"For me it's been a blast," said Underwood. "This team is fun and and has energy. This team is everything college athletics should be about."
Underwood tells his players to dream big. He's made it clear the dream doesn't have to end Friday night against VCU.
"We trust him and listen to him," said SLC Tournament MVP Thomas Walkup. "It's nice having someone who's been there before."
Underwood has been the NCAA Tournament before as an assistant coach. Now he enters the biggest stage with his own team. It's too early to think about all that's been accomplished in such a short time.
"I'll sit when it's over and reflect back and put my arms around all the other stuff," said Underwood. "I'm a guy that's pretty much in the moment."
The most exciting moment in the history of SFA basketball.