UAA Record: 193-72, 9 seasons
JC Record: 453-55, 9 seasons
Education: B.S., Mathematics, Nebraska 1991; M.S., Teaching Mathematics, Wyoming, 1995
In nine years at the helm of the Alaska Anchorage volleyball program, head coach Chris Green has clearly established the Seawolves as a national contender year-in and year-out.
In 2016, the AVCA National Coach of the Year led UAA to its first appearance in the NCAA Div. II National Title Match, its first West Region title, and the program's first back-to-back Great Northwest Athletic Conference championships.
A four-time GNAC Coach of the Year (2009, '13, '15, '16) and three-time West Region Coach of the Year ('09, '15, '16), Green has now led UAA to NCAA Tournament berths in seven of the last eight seasons, capturing the program’s highest-ever seeds the past three years with a No. 2 in 2014 and a No. 1 in 2015 and 2016. (In the 28 years before Green’s arrival, the Seawolves made just two NCAAs).
Currently riding program-best streaks of nine straight winning seasons and four straight NCAA appearances, UAA has won at an .824 clip over the last four campaigns, including a 63-9 (.875) mark in league play, finishing runner-up by just one match in both 2013 and '14, before capturing the GNAC crown in 2015 and 2016.
The last three campaigns have seen Green’s Seawolves establishing school records for best winning percentage and fewest losses – 21-6, 27-3 & 34-3 – while producing two First Team All-Americans and two GNAC Players of the Year, plus the 2016 West Region player- and freshman-of-the-year honorees.
Under Green's tutelage, the Seawolves have now produced four GNAC Players of the Year (Calli Scott, 2009; Jackie Matthisen, 2011; Katelynn Zanders, 2015; Morgan Hooe, 2016), eight All-Americans, five GNAC Newcomers of the Year, three GNAC Freshmen of the Year, 14 All-West Region performers and 26 All-GNAC Team honorees.
Green's 2010 and 2011 squads recorded identical 18-9 marks and advanced to the NCAAs, with the 2011 team coming just one win shy of sharing the GNAC title.
After being picked to finish seventh in the 2009 GNAC preseason coaches’ poll, UAA wound up winning the league by three full matches, boosted by a school-record 13-match win streak. The Nebraska native earned both the GNAC and NCAA Div. II West Region coach-of-the-year awards as the Seawolves tied for the then-best winning percentage (.742) and posted the second-most victories in program history (23). UAA capped its historic 2009 season by winning its first-ever NCAA match, upsetting Hawaii-Hilo in a 5-set thriller.
In 2008, Green took the reins of a Seawolf program that had gone 17-58 over the previous three campaigns and produced a solid 15-14 mark, along with the program’s first All-American in senior Rhea Cardwell.
Following four straight NJCAA Final 4 appearances and the 2007 national title at Western Nebraska Community College, Green made the jump from junior college to the NCAA Division II level in the spring of 2008.
Green built a powerhouse program in his nine seasons at WNCC, compiling a 453-55 record that culminated in the 2007 NJCAA Div. I championship. The Cougars finished in the top 10 at the national tournament in all of Green’s seasons. In his final three seasons, WNCC went 163-7 and finished national runner-up in 2006.
Under Green’s tutelage, the Cougars earned a total of 10 first-team and six second-team All-America certificates and regularly placed players at NCAA Div. I and II programs. WNCC’s players also found success in the classroom, with the team maintaining a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average in all nine of his seasons.
In 2011, Green was inducted into the NJCAA’s Hall of Fame (encompassing all sports) for his accomplishments at WNCC.
The Gering, Neb., native also coached seven years at the prep level, including a 4-year stint at Kauai High School in Lihue, Hawaii.
Green earned a bachelor of science in mathematics from the University of Nebraska in 1991, and received his master’s degree from the University of Wyoming in 1995.
Chris Green UAA Head Coaching Record
Year Overall Pct Conf. (Pl.) Postseason
2008 15-14 .517 7- 9 (6th)
2009 23- 8 .742 14- 2 (1st) NCAA 2nd Rd
2010 18- 9 .667 13- 5 (3rd) NCAA 1st Rd
2011 18- 9 .667 14- 4 (2nd) NCAA 1st Rd
2012 16-10 .615 11- 7 (T-4th)
2013 21-10 .677 15- 3 (2nd) NCAA 1st Rd
2014 21- 6 .778 15- 3 (2nd) NCAA 1st Rd
2015 27- 3 .900 18- 2 (1st) NCAA 2nd Rd
2016 34- 3 .919 19- 1 (1st) NCAA Runner-Up
Total 193-72 .728 126-36 7 NCAA Tournaments