New assistant men’s basketball coach excited for upcoming season

Tyler Notch is bringing previous coaching experience to his new role as assistant men’s basketball coach at South Plains College.

Coach Notch grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he played basketball for Cheyenne East High School. He went on to attend DePauw University, where he played basketball for one season before beginning his coaching career by serving as a volunteer coach for three years.

Notch has two older sisters, along with eight nieces and nephews.

“I don’t have any kids,” says Coach Notch, “but I do have a husky named Apollo that lives back in Indiana.”

Coach Notch said he enjoys watching reality talent shows in his free time, adding, “ I’m pretty boring otherwise.”

Coach Notch graduated from DePauw University with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine. He went on to attend Indiana State University, where he earned a master’s degree in physical education and a second master’s from Indiana State University in Human Resource Development.

Coach Notch says he has wanted to get into coaching for as long as he can remember.

“I’ve always admired John Wooden, and a lot of the lessons he taught resonated with me,” says Coach Notch.

After DePauw, Coach Notch served as a graduate assistant coach at Indiana State. He also served as an assistant coach at Lamar Community College.

Coach Notch explained that he wanted to come to South Plains College because of the history and the ability to learn from Steve Green, the head men’s basketball coach at SPC.

“This is a great place to learn and grow as a coach,” said Coach Notch.

Coach Notch said he enjoys the strategies behind coaching basketball the most.

“It’s all a big chess match,” Coach Notch explained. “You have to anticipate the other coach and players, move first and then counter when they attack. It’s all about how you prepare.”

Coach Notch says he is enjoying SPC so far.

“The people are incredible,” he noted. “Everyone says ‘Hi!’ when walking by, and you feel welcomed no matter where you are.”

Coach Notch says he is excited to see what is in store for the upcoming basketball season.

“I’m ready to get to work and see what this group can do,” says Coach Notch.

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