|Intro||American basketball coach|
|A.K.A.||Bradley C. Underwood, Bradley Underwood|
|Is||Sports coach Basketball coach|
|From||United States of America|
|Birth||14 December 1963, McPherson, McPherson County, Kansas, USA|
Bradley Cole Underwood (born December 14, 1963) is the current head coach for the Illinois men's basketball team. Previously, he served as head coach at Oklahoma State, Stephen F. Austin, Dodge City Community College and Daytona Beach Community College and assistant coach at Western Illinois, Kansas State, and South Carolina.
Underwood played as a guard for Hardin-Simmons University during his freshman year from 1982 to 1983 and later transferred to Independence Community College. During his sophomore year, Underwood averaged 17 points a game and led Independence to a second place finish in the NJCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship game. As a sophomore at Independence, Underwood took a recruiting visit to Oklahoma State University where Bill Self, then an Oklahoma State basketball player, was his host. Days later, Underwood decided to attend Kansas State University, where he would play under head coach Jack Hartman.
Early coaching career
Underwood began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Hardin-Simmons during the 1986–87 campaign. He continued his coaching career as the head coach of Dodge City Community College, where he led the Conquistadors to a 62–60 record from 1988 to 1993. In 1993, he joined Jim Kerwin's staff at Western Illinois, with whom he spent 10 years as an assistant. He led Daytona Beach Community College to a 70–24 record from 2003 to 2006 and was twice named the Mid-Florida Conference Coach of the year. He served as assistant coach under Bob Huggins and Frank Martin at Kansas State from 2006 to 2012. In 2012, Martin left to become head coach at South Carolina, and Underwood followed him to Columbia as his associate head coach.
Head coaching career
Stephen F. Austin
On April 30, 2013, Underwood was hired as head coach of Stephen F. Austin. He replaced Danny Kaspar, who left after 13 seasons to become the head coach of Texas State. According to athletic director Robert Hill, "Brad Underwood brings years of experience to SFA and has coached at the highest levels of Division I basketball. 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."
In his first season at the helm, Stephen F. Austin captured the Southland Conference regular-season championship going a perfect 18–0 in conference play. He was named Southland Coach of the Year. SFA was awarded the Southland Conference automatic berth to the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament where they upset VCU in the round of 64, before eventually falling to UCLA.
Underwood's third season saw him win the Southland Conference tournament again and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as a 14 seed. He then led the Lumberjacks to an upset victory over the third-seeded West Virginia Mountaineers coached by Bob Huggins, who he worked as an assistant with at Kansas State. Stephen F. Austin had a 75–70 lead over sixth-seeded Notre Dame with two minutes to play in the second round before the Irish scored six straight points and won on a tip-in with 1.2 seconds left.
On March 21, 2016, Underwood was hired as head coach of Oklahoma State. He replaced Travis Ford, who was fired after a 12–20 regular-season record. He led the Cowboys to a 20–13 record in his only season as head coach, ending with a loss to Michigan on March 17, 2017, in the NCAA tournament.
On March 18, 2017, Underwood was hired as head coach of Illinois, replacing John Groce. Underwood signed a six year contract through 2023 worth $18 million that includes two retention bonuses. On March 2, 2020 it was announced that Underwood and his assistants had received extensions. Underwood's contract was extended until the 2026 season and moves his base salary to $3.4 million, which ranks in the upper quartile of the Big Ten Conference.
Professional players coached
|Player||Draft||Current/Last Pro Team||Highest Level Played|
|Daytona State College|
|Solomon Jones||33rd, Atlanta Hawks, 2006 NBA draft||Oklahoma City Blue||NBA|
|Stephen F. Austin|
|Nikola Gajic||Undrafted, 2014||Helios Suns||International|
|Jacob Parker||Undrafted, 2015||BV Chemnitz 99||International|
|Deshaunt Walker||89th, Sioux Falls Skyforce, 2015 NBA D League Draft||Cape Breton Highlanders||International|
|Desmond Haymon||Undrafted, 2015||Tokyo Cinq Rêves||International|
|Clide Geffrard||Undrafted, 2016||Club La Unión||International|
|Thomas Walkup||Undrafted, 2016||BC Žalgiris||NBA G League|
|Demetrious Floyd||Undrafted, 2016||BC Kazma Basket||International|
|T. J. Holyfield||Undrafted, 2020||Kauhajoki Karhu||International|
|Jawun Evans||39th, Los Angeles Clippers, 2017 NBA draft||Northern Arizona Suns||NBA|
|Leyton Hammonds||Undrafted, 2017||BC Körmend||International|
|Jeffrey Carroll||Undrafted, 2018||Bergamo Basket 2014||International|
|Tavarius Shine||Undrafted, 2018||MKS Dąbrowa Górnicza||International|
|Cameron McGriff||Undrafted, 2020||Okapi Aalst||International|
|Leron Black||25th, Raptors 905, 2018 NBA G League Draft||Argentino de Junín||International|
|Mark Alstork||Undrafted, 2018||BBC Résidence||International|
|Matic Vessel||Undrafted, 2018||KK Škofja Loka||International|
Head coaching record
|Daytona Beach Falcons (Mid-Florida Conference)|
|Daytona Beach:||70–24 (.745)|
|Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (Southland Conference)|
|2013–14||Stephen F. Austin||32–3||18–0||1st||NCAA Division I Round of 32|
|2014–15||Stephen F. Austin||0–5||0–1||1st (vacated)||NCAA Division I Round of 64 (vacated)|
|2015–16||Stephen F. Austin||0–6||0–0||1st (vacated)||NCAA Division I Round of 32 (vacated)|
|Stephen F. Austin:||32–14 (.696)||32–1 (.970)|
|Oklahoma State Cowboys (Big 12 Conference)|
|2016–17||Oklahoma State||20–13||9–9||5th||NCAA Division I Round of 64|
|Oklahoma State:||20–13 (.606)||9–9 (.500)|
|Illinois Fighting Illini (Big Ten Conference)|
|2019–20||Illinois||21–10||13–7||4th||No postseason held|
|Illinois:||47–48 (.495)||24–33 (.421)|
A native of McPherson, Kansas, Underwood attended Kansas State University and lettered on the basketball team between 1984 and 1986. He graduated from Kansas State with a bachelor's degree in radio and television communications in 1986. He is married to Susan Underwood and has three children: Tyler, Katie, and Ashley. Tyler plays for his dad at the University of Illinois.