The Lumberjacks defeat Northwestern State 85-78 in the semifinals of the Southland Conference Tournament.
Erik Pastrana is in his second season as an assistant coach at SFA. In 2013-14, Pastrana played a vital part in the Lumberjacks' success, which included a 32-3 overall record, 18-0 Southland Conference mark, SLC regular season and tournamen titles, NCAA Tournament second round victory over fifth-seeded VCU and berth in the third round against fourth-seeded UCLA.
Pastrana came to SFA after spending the 2012-13 year as an assistant coach at Northwest Florida State College where he helped lead the Raiders to a NJCAA national runner-up finish and a 30-4 record with a squad that featured 10 future Division 1 signees including 2013 NJCAA Player of the Year Chris Jones (Louisville) and NJCAA All-American Elgin Cook (Oregon).
Prior to Northwest Florida State, Pastrana spent one year as an assistant coach at Labette Community College in Parsons, Kansas. While with the Cardinals, Pastrana played a vital role in helping turn around the struggling program. In his one year, LCC saw a dramatic turnaround reaching their first 20 win season in over a decade and a school record +18 win improvement over the previous season. At Labette, he recruited and coached 1st Team All-Jayhawk Conference guard Dre Conner.
Pastrana got his coaching start while attending Kansas State where he was a graduate assistant from 2007-09 with Underwood and Frank Martin. During his first season, the Wildcats went 21-12 and recorded a third-place finish in the Big 12 with a mark of 10-6 in league contests, marking the program's best finish since the inception of the league. The squad advanced to the NCAA Tournament, earning its first NCAA Tournament victory since the 1988 campaign. Following the season, K-State saw both Michael Beasley and Bill Walker move on to the NBA with Beasley being selected as the No.2 overall pick after an All-American campaign in his one year at K-State.
The Wildcats then followed up that campaign with another 20 win season, earning an at-large bid to the NIT during the 2008-09 season.
In between coaching stops Pastrana also coached with two highly respected AAU programs, the Florida Rams and KC Run GMC . While at both programs, Pastrana helped coach and mentor young student-athletes, as many moved on to the Division 1 level.
A native of Miami, Florida, Pastrana earned his Master's degree in Counseling and Student Development in 2009 from Kansas State University and his Bachelors in History in 2007 from Florida State University.
Head coach Brad Underwood on Pastrana's hire: