Though it’s a big change of scenery for the Marceline, Missouri native, Andrew Green admits the Pacific Northwest has long been a target for him, his wife Marilyn, and their shih tzu-terrier Pearl—with the city of Olympia being the perfect size for their family, and SPSCC representing an opportunity to work within the community college system.
Green has coached several sports over his 11-year career, but basketball has always been his passion. He coached for three years at the high school level before spending two years as Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. Most recently, he finished his fifth season as Associate Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Westminster College, an NCAA Division III institution. He received his Bachelor’s in History from Central Methodist University in 2009 and finished his Master’s in Education, Curriculum & Instruction in 2014 at William Woods.
He loves taking the game abroad—in the past, he’s served as Head Coach for USA Athletes International (USAAI) summer programs, where his teams finished with a 9-2 record in international competitions in Italy, Austria, and Slovenia.
With Clippers Men’s Basketball coming off their third consecutive NWAC Regional Championship title, Green recognizes the big shoes he has to fill in the wake of Coach Landon’s departure. “[He] did a great job,” Green said. “Not just with the program, but also in his impact on campus as an educational planner.”
Green looks to his dual role as coach and educational planner as a welcome continuation. He’s been passionate about academic support throughout his career, working both as an admissions counselor for international students and later as Director of Student Involvement at Westminster. According to SPSCC Athletics Director Vernell Willingham, this experience makes him a uniquely qualified choice: “His duties were conducive to what we were looking for in a coach—not just for the student athletes he assisted, but also their development on and off the court. We want to continue down the road of success we’ve had these past few years, and we believe he’s the right candidate for the job.”
Despite having landed in the Pacific Northwest only a week ago, Green is eager to get to work—the 2019-2020 season begins in September and he’s already begun preparing for his first recruiting ventures. The team has several vacancies from outgoing sophomores. He says that in the near future it will be important to “ensure that returning players mesh with our new faces”.