Ron Greene

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Ron Greene
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born 1939
Terre Haute, Indiana
Playing career
1960–1962 Murray State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1965–1966 Loyola (Louisiana) (asst.)
1966–1969 Loyola (Louisiana)
1969–1977 New Orleans
1977–1978 Mississippi State
1978–1985 Murray State
1985–1989 Indiana State
1991 Nashville Stars
1992–1999 Calloway County HS
2007–2008 Kentucky Retros
2008–2011 Murray HS
Head coaching record
Overall 317–230
Accomplishments and honors
1975 NCAA College Division Finals
AP SEC Coach of the Year (1978)
OVC Coach of the Year, 1980 & 1983
Sugar Bowl HoF (1998)[1]

Ronald L. "Ron" Greene (born 1939) is an American basketball coach who served as head coach of three Division I college basketball teams, as well as teams in Division II, the World Basketball League, the American Basketball Association, and high school.

Early career[edit]

Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, Greene's coaching career began in 1965 where he was an assistant manager . The team went 9-17 in his only season as an assistant before being promoted to the head manager position. He spent two seasons as the Wolfpack , then known as The Park - Ariside.

University of New Orleans[edit]

Greene was hired by UNO when the school began intercollegiate varsity competition in 1969-70 season. He compiled a 149–64 (.700) record in eight seasons. Four of his teams qualified for NCAA tournaments. The Privateers finished fourth in 1974 Division II tourney and second in the 1975 tourney. Greene paved the way for the Privateers’ move to Division I in the 1975–76 season.[2]

Mississippi State University[edit]

Greene only spent the 1977–1978 season with the Bulldogs. That year, the Bulldogs finished with an 18-9 record.[3] Several hours after The Associated Press had named him the Southeastern Conference basketball coach of the year and the Mississippi state board had voted him a $7500 raise, Greene announced he was leaving the job to become coach of his alma mater Murray State.[4]

Murray State University[edit]

After managing only 4 wins in his first season in Murray, Greene coached the Racers to 23 wins the following year and an appearance in the National Invitation Tournament. The Racers knocked off Jacksonville and Alabama before losing to Illinois 65-63 in the Quarterfinals.[5] Greene’s Racers would reach the NIT twice more before he left in 1985. His overall record at Murray was 119-78. While at the Racer helm, Greene coached Racer greats, such as Gary Hooker and Lamont Sleets.[6]

Indiana State University[edit]

Greene returned to his native Terre Haute in 1985 when he became head coach of the Indiana State Sycamores. Greene inherited a young team and finished 11–17 in his first season as head coach.[7] The team, however never matched this success and Greene resigned after a 4–24 1988–89 season. His overall record at ISU was 31–79.[8]

One of Ron’s players was Eddie Bird, brother of NBA legend Larry Bird.[9]

Later career[edit]

Greene was head coach of the Nashville Stars during the 1991 WBL season. The Stars went 23-28 in their first and only season of existence.[10] He resigned in July 1991 to become the 12th head coach at Calloway County High School.[11] His tenure at Calloway County started rough, including a 16 game losing streak in his first season. Greene posted a few good seasons for the Lakers including a 23-6 season as well as two 17-9 seasons, spending 8 years at Calloway.[12] He resigned following the 1999 season and former Murray State and Western Kentucky player Terry Birdsong took over.[13] He returned to coaching in 2007 when he was named head coach of the ABA’s Kentucky Retros.[14] In 2008 Greene was named head coach at Murray High School. He retired after the 2010–11 season.[15]


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  4. ^ "Sports News Briefs; Kings' Suit Says Nets Owe $25,000 in Archibald Deal People in Sports". The New York Times. 17 March 1978. 
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  8. ^ "In Brief Indiana State's Coach Resigns". 22 February 1989. 
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  15. ^ Dillard, Tommy (March 24, 2011). "A legend leaves: Greene has no regrets as retirement approaches". Murray Ledger & Times. Retrieved 5 April 2011.