UAA Record: 132-66, 7 seasons
JC Record: 453-55 (.892), 9 seasons
Education: B.S., Mathematics, Nebraska 1991; M.S., Teaching Mathematics, Wyoming, 1995
After leading Alaska Anchorage to its unprecedented seventh straight winning season, UAA head coach Chris Green (132-66, .667) continues to establish himself as the most successful coach in program history and one of the top mentors in the NCAA Div. II ranks.
A two-time Great Northwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year (2009, 2013), Green has now led UAA to NCAA Tournament berths in five of the last six seasons, capturing the program’s highest-ever seed with a No. 2 regional ranking in 2014. (In the 28 years before Green’s arrival, the Seawolves made just two NCAAs).
UAA has won at a .724 clip for the last two campaigns, including a 30-6 (.833) mark in league play, finishing runner-up by just one match in both 2013 and '14. The 2014 campaign saw Green’s Seawolves finish 21-6, establishing school records for best winning percentage (.778) and fewest losses. Sophomore transfer Kayla McGlathery also became the fourth straight Seawolf to earn GNAC Newcomer of the Year and the fifth in his seven seasons.
Under Green's tutelage, the Seawolves have also produced two GNAC Players of the Year (Calli Scott, 2009; Jackie Matthisen, 2011), three All-Americans, two GNAC Freshmen of the Year, nine All-West Region performers and 18 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), 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. The Seawolves captured the title of their own SpringHill Suites Invitational and recorded their first win over a ranked team in almost a decade when they beat No. 8 Augustana. Under Green’s guidance, outside hitter Rhea Cardwell became UAA’s first volleyball All-American.
Following four straight NJCAA Final 4 appearances and the 2007 national title, Green made the jump from junior college to the NCAA Division II level in the spring of 2008. 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. 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.