Brad Underwood

Brad Underwood (born December 14, 1963)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Illinois Fighting Illini
Current conference: Big Ten Conference
Stephen F. Austin record: 32-12 (.727) **
Oklahoma State record: 20-13 (.606)
Illinois record: 143-88 (.619)
Overall record: 195-111 (.637) **

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2017-present Illinois
2016-2017 Oklahoma State
2013-2016 Stephen F. Austin
2012-2013 South Carolina (asst)
2006-2012 Kansas State (asst)
2003-2006 Daytona Beach CC
1992-2003 Western Illinois (asst)
1988-1992 Dodge City CC

Brad Underwood Facts

  • Bradley Cole Underwood
  • Born December 14, 1963
  • Hometown: McPherson, Kansas
  • Alma Mater: Kansas State University (BA, 1986)
  • Played for Jack Hartman at Kansas State from 1984-1986
  • Was head coach at Dodge City CC (KS) for four years, compiling a 62-60 overall record
  • Spent eleven seasons as an assistant under Jim Kerwin at Western Illinois
  • Head coach for three seasons at Daytona Beach CC (FL), going 7-24 overall
  • Spent one season as an assistant to Bob Huggins, then six more under Frank Martin at Kansas State and South Carolina
  • In three years as the head coach at Stephen F. Austin, won three straight Southland regular season and Tournament titles; had a 2-3 record in the NCAA Tournament with the Lumberjacks
    • After Underwood’s departure, Stephen F. Austin was investigated by the NCAA and found to have been inaccurately certifying players’ academic eligibility across a number of athletic programs, including men’s basketball
    • A total of 117 victories credited to Underwood and his successor Kyle Keller were vacated, including the Lumberjacks’ 2015, 2016 and 2018 NCAA Tournament appearances (the latter under Keller)
  • Hired as the head coach at Oklahoma State in March 2016, going 20-13 in his lone season
  • Hired away in March 2017 to become the head coach at Illinois
    • After finishing below .500 in his first two seasons, his 2019-20 team went 21-10 and was ranked as high as #19
    • In 2021, Underwood’s squad won the Big Ten Tournament and earned a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament
    • Earned a 3-seed in 2023 and led the Illini to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2005

Brad Underwood Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only

** Listed records and accomplishments for this coach do not include wins or appearances later vacated by the NCAA