In five seasons at the helm of the Alaska Anchorage volleyball program, head coach
has led the Seawolves to one of the most remarkable turnarounds in collegiate volleyball, culminating with three straight NCAA Tournament appearances in 2009, 2010 and 2011.|
The 2012 campaign saw Green’s Seawolves finish 16-10, marking the program’s unprecedented fifth straight winning season. With its 11-7 GNAC record, UAA placed fourth or higher in the 10-team league for the fourth straight year as well, while producing the conference’s Newcomer of the Year (Jodi Huddleston) and Freshman of the Year (Julia Mackey).
Green has now coached two All-Americans, three honorable mention All-Americans, two GNAC Players of the Year, three GNAC Newcomers of the Year, one Freshman of the Year, and eight All-GNAC First Team selections in his tenure.
The 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 Great Northwest Athletic Conference title.
After being picked to finish seventh in the 2009 GNAC preseason coaches’ poll, Green’s squad 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 best winning percentage (.742), posted the second-most victories in program history (23) and won their first-ever NCAA match, upsetting Hawaii-Hilo in a 5-set thriller.
In 2008, Green took over a UAA club that had won just five matches the previous campaign, producing a solid 15-14 mark. The Seawolves captured the title of their own UAA Invitational and recorded their first win over a ranked team in almost a decade when they beat then-No. 8 Augustana. Under Green’s tutelage, outside hitter Rhea Cardwell became UAA’s first volleyball All-American.
After four straight national semifinals appearances and the 2007 national title, Green made the jump from junior college to the NCAA Division II level in the spring of 2008.
Before becoming the sixth coach UAA history, he spent the previous nine seasons (1999-07) as the head coach at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, Neb.
Green built a powerhouse program at WNCC, compiling a 453-55 record that culminated in the 2007 NJCAA Div. I national championship. The Cougars finished in the top 10 at the national tournament in all of Green’s seasons, including a string of four straight ‘Final 4’ appearances. 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.