Green Chosen as New JSU Basketball Coach
Special to The Times
Published April 21, 2008
Reprinted here in its entirety.
JACKSONVILLE — James Green has been named Jacksonville State University’s
basketball coach, University President Dr. William A. Meehan and Athletics
Director Jim Fuller announced Saturday night.
Green, who becomes
Jacksonville State’s 10th coach in school history, has 11 years of experience as
a head coach at the Divison I level. He has spent the last three at Mississippi
Valley State and eight previous years at Southern Miss.
“I was very
impressed with all four finalists, but one just seemed to stand out among the
others,” said Dr. Meehan. “I believe Coach Green is the person to lead our men’s
basketball program and make us more competitive in the Ohio Valley Conference. I
like his academic structure and his discipline policies, and his years as a head
coach at the Division I level were also an advantage for him.”
three coaches interviewed for the job were Charles Burkett, Philip Pearson and
Green led the Delta Devils to the 2006-07 Southwestern
Athletic Conference regular season title and the 2007-08 SWAC Tournament
championship and made an appearance in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. He was named
the league’s Coach of the Year in 2006-07 season after guiding the Delta Devils
to a 13-5 league mark.
“I’m very excited and honored to be a part of such
a fine university,” Green said. “I look forward to working with Coach Fuller and
the entire athletic department. I’m also looking forward to working with Dr.
Meehan and the faculty and staff at Jacksonville State.”
Prior to MVSU,
Green served as the head coach at Southern Mississippi for eight seasons, a
stretch that saw him post a 123-109 record and earn Conference USA Coach of the
Year accolades in 2001. He led the Golden Eagles to the C-USA regular season
crown and a spot in the NIT.
“I’m looking forward to helping our team
become more competitive in the Ohio Valley Conference, but more importantly,
becoming good citizens and having a good life after basketball,” added Green. “I
realize there are challenges and I’m willing to accept those as the leader of
the men’s basketball program.”
Green had three stints as a Division I
assistant before moving to Southern Miss, serving two seasons each at Idaho,
Texas A&M and Alabama, respectively.
“Coach Green brings academic
structure and discipline, along with a very good work ethic,” said Fuller. “The
many years he has spent as a head coach is an added bonus. I was very impressed
with his ability to communicate with every individual that I introduced him to
during the course of his day when he was here for his interview.”
Dr. Meehan and Fuller were very pleased with the work of the search
“I want to thank Dr. Joe Delap and all the members of the
search committee for their hard work during this entire process,” said Dr.
Meehan. “They did an excellent job and submitted four very good finalists from
which to choose our next basketball coach.
Fuller agreed with the process
and the results from the committee.
“I do believe the process we went
through, as far as search committee, was as good as it could have possibly
could’ve been,” Fuller said. “They sent to the President, myself and the Board
of Trustees four excellent candidates.”
A press conference has been
scheduled for Wednesday to formally introduce Green on the Jacksonville State
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