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SPC welcomes new Athletic Director Roger Reding

SPC Athletic Director Roger Reding (Source: SPC) SPC Athletic Director Roger Reding (Source: SPC)

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A new face to some, a familiar face to many.

Roger Reding was named the new Director of Athletics for South Plains College on Friday morning at a press conference in the Texan Club on the Levelland campus. Reding will take over for Job Tubb, who announced his retirement in May after 33 years of service at SPC.

"Not many people get to come back to a place that they genuinely love," Reding said. "I love South Plains College, I love Levelland and I love junior college athletics, so this a dream come true for me."

Reding attended South Plains as a student following his graduation from Whitharral High School in 1979. He then moved on to complete his education at Texas Tech University. Reding would return to his roots in 1984, when he accepted the assistant women's basketball coaching position under legendary South Plains head coach Lyndon Hardin. Following the 1984-1985 season, Reding went on to accept the boy's and girl's head coaching position at Whitharral High School.

During the next two seasons, Reding compiled a 70-42 overall record, capturing two boys district titles and one girls district championship. Reding would then return to Levelland once again, returning to the role of assistant women's basketball coach under Coach Hardin. Following the 1990 season, Reding moved on to his alma mater, becoming the assistant women's basketball coach under Hall of Fame coach Marsha Sharp.

Over the next 16 years, Reding would help the Lady Raiders reach levels never seen before, as they went on to reach the NCAA tournament 16 times, made 11 Sweet Sixteen appearances, four Elite Eight appearances, and captured the 1993 NCAA National Championship, Tech's only women's basketball title to date. Following his career at Texas Tech, Reding moved on to be an assistant coach and director of player personnel for the Chicago Sky of the WNBA.

Reding will be taking over a program which won 42 NJCAA championships under Tubb, who set the foundation for his predecessor to stand upon and continue the winning traditions that are accustomed to South Plains College athletics. Replacing a man of Tubb's caliber is not feasible, but with a background in athletics that spans the course of three decades, Reding will look to continue that success, and help South Plains College remain among the elite programs in the NJCAA.

"The goals are to obviously keep this program among the top 10 in the nation, and win national championships," Reding said. "With our facilities and our support, we compete for national championships, not conference championships.

"We want to compete at the highest level, and I want to be able to give my coaches resources so they can compete at the national level year in year out. I've got to do a lot of things in my career, but this is definitely one of the most special days in my life."

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