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South Plains College Athletic Director Joe Tubb announces retirement

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South Plains College athletic director Joe Tubb announced his retirement after 33 years of service on Tuesday morning at the Texan Club on the campus of South Plains College in Levelland.

Tubb spoke in front of a large crowd of family, friends, colleagues and former coaches, conveying upon his time at South Plains and the accomplishments made throughout the athletic department over the past three decades.

During his tenure in Levelland, which began in 1983, Tubb led South Plains to 42 NJCAA national championships, most recently the 2016 NJCAA Track and Field Outdoor national title on May 19, which saw the Texans make collegiate history, capturing an unprecedented 10 consecutive national championships.

With the hiring of head basketball coach Steve Green in 2000, the men’s basketball program went on to capture two national championships over a four-year span, beginning with their first national crown in 2008. The Texans then became only the sixth team in the history of the NJCAA to go unbeaten, stringing together a 36-0 record and their second national championship in 2012.

In addition to his duties leading the SPC athletic department, Tubb recently completed a three-year term serving as President of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) where he was responsible for a myriad of duties.

Tubb was the recipient of the highest honor bestowed by the National Alliance of Two-Year Collegiate Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA), when he was presented the L. William Miller Award at a Dallas luncheon on June 25, 2012. In 2006 and 2010, Tubb was named Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of College Athletic Directors (NACDA).

South Plains College will now begin its task of finding its next Director of Athletics to take over one of, if not the best Junior College program in the country. That said, one thing is certain. Replacing a man of Mr. Tubb’s caliber, who has brought about a culture of dominance, perseverance, and doing things the right way, every time, all the time, is not conceivable.

But, whomever is granted the opportunity of following in the footsteps of a man like Mr. Tubb, will takeover a program which continues to progress, and remains among the elite, thanks to the dedication and fortitude of Joe Tubb.

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