Rocket Men's Coaches

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Martin Levinson, Rocket Men's Basketball Head Coach

Coaching Philosophy: Beyond the wins and losses the real success of a coach is the love, trust, and respect that is carried on with former players and colleagues throughout a lifetime. As an educator and a coach, it is my job to provide a safe and nurturing environment that facilitates growth and competition.

When those values are present and consistent, then students and athletes create a lifestyle and work ethic that carries on into all aspects of their life. Nothing is more rewarding than watching people earn an honest career, gain financial stability, raise a strong family, and ultimately find happiness. Through coaching and teaching, I have a chance to mentor and leave positive impressions on the lives I touch and it is my duty to leave a lasting positive influence.

Professional Qualifications:
  • 17 Years of Teaching Experience
  • 17 Years of Coaching Experience
  • Played in NJCAA D1 and NCAA D2
  • Helped over 100 student-athletes choose college scholarships to continue to play basketball at the collegiate level.
  • Played professionally for the Nebraska Cranes in 2005 in the United States Basketball League
  • 2013 NJCAA D2 Elite 8 National Finish as Head Coach with Central Community College
  • 2014 NJCAA D2 3rd Place National Finish as Head Coach with Central Community College
  • 2016 CCCAA 2nd Place Finish as Assistant Coach with Saddleback Community College
  • 2021 NJCAA D2 7th Place Finish as Head Coach with SAU Tech
  • 2021 NJCAA D2 Region 2  Coach of the Year
  • 2022 NJCAA D2 National Champions Playoffs with SAU Tech

Assistant Coaches 

Derrick Strong
Assistant Men's Coach

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Coach Derrick Strong is in his second year as an assistant basketball coach at Southern Arkansas University Tech. Former Alumni of Omaha South High Coach Strong spent two years at Central Community College. 

Strong was the second-leading scorer on his team, en route to First Team All-Region and All-Conference selections as a sophomore. He averaged 14 points per game and shot 44 percent from the floor during his sophomore season at Central Community College. Strong was ranked 9th in the NJCAA in steals with 3.2 per game, where he helped his team to a 21-5 record during the 2011-12 campaign. 

Strong was named Second Team All-Nebraska. Strong led his squad to a District and Regional championship as a freshman. Strong was Selected First Team All-Region and led his team to an NJCAA National Tournament.

After leaving Central Community College, he transferred to Post University, where he Second Team All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). He is the first player named to the second team since the 2010-11 season. Strong led Post in scoring (13.3 points per game), field goal percentage (50.4), free throw percentage (80.7), and steals (64). He played one of his best games against Nyack on November 20, finishing with 27 points, five rebounds, and five steals. Strong was one of the best defensive players in the conference and was 2nd in the CACC and 9th in the NCAA with 2.4 steals per game. He received CACC Defensive Player of the Week honors. 

After his playing time was over at Post, Strong pursued a Grad Assistant position and eventually ended up at Omaha Benson, where he spent the past three years before coming to SAU Tech. Strong has put numerous students in college and still mentors his former students. 

Cedric Page
Assistant Men's Coach

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Don Lemons
Assistant Men's Coach

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