ALTON — Marquette Catholic High conducted a press conference today to introduce Lee Green as their new girls' basketball head coach.
Green comes to the Explorers with tons of experience, including working for SIUE as an assistant coach and recruiter from 2002-08 and an assistant coach under Jonathan Denney at Civic Memorial High from '09-11.
He recruited players like Whitney Sykes (Granite City) and Amber Shelton (Edwardsville) for the Cougars while working under former head coach Wendy Hedberg.
Prior to his tenure at SIUE, Green worked as an assistant and head coach of Hope International University in Fullerton, Calif. from 1999-2002. He has also been involved in AAU programs for both boys and girls for several years.
Green works in sales in Granite City and lives in Maryville. He will not work as a teacher at MCHS.
His daughter Hayli is a senior softball player for the Edwardsville Tigers and his son Sammy is a sophomore who plays for the boys' basketball team at EHS.
He's excited to have an opportunity to return to coaching at the prep level.
“I’m honored to be asked to lead this program and look forward to getting started,” Green said. “Marquette has a reputation for having coachable kids who are laser focused on their academics, but who also want to be successful with their athletics. That’s an environment I look forward to coaching in. They also have a strong girls' basketball tradition with several regional championships and a third place finish at state. We hope to build on that tradition.”
First-year Marquette director of athletics Jack Holmes is ecstatic to bring Green onto his staff of coaches. Holmes said Green rose to the top of a quality list of applicants.
“We went through a search process that produced several qualified candidates,” Holmes said. “We were all very impressed with coach Green’s experience and knowledge of the game and we look forward to him leading our girls’ basketball program.”
Green takes over an Explorers' program that went 13-15 during the '15-16 season and lost in the second round of the Class 2A Dupo Regional.
The Marquette girls' basketball program has won 10 regional championships overall and highlights its history with a third-place finish in the Class A state finals in 1999.
Green is a 1994 graduate of Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa where he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Health Physical Education and Recreation. He has also completed all required credit hours for a Master of Education from Hope International University in Fullerton, Calif.
Green met with the Marquette players for the first time on Tuesday, prior to a short press conference. He's impressed with the foundation he has to work with for the '16-17 season.
“We have several returning players who have a passion for basketball. I think they have a bright future,” Green said.