On March 22, 1999, Sidney Green became the fourth head men's basketball coach in Florida Atlantic history and begins his sixth season at the helm of the Owls.
In 2001-02, he guided Florida Atlantic into the national spotlight with its first Atlantic Sun Conference championship and first trip to the NCAA Tournament. He was also named the A-Sun Coach-of-the-Year in 2002. Green's 2001-02 Owls won 19 games after a combined nine victories the previous two seasons. He helped bring respect to a team that went winless in conference play just two years earlier. The 19 wins are the most by an FAU team since the program moved to Division I in 1993.
Green has built a life around the best basketball in the country and has drawn upon that experience to lead the men's basketball program at FAU. He has played for such coaches as Rick Pitino, Chuck Daly, Larry Brown and Jerry Tarkanian, to name a few.
Green began his collegiate head coaching career in 1995 at Southampton College (LIU) He immediately demonstrated an ability to build a successful basketball program both on and off the court.
In his first season, Green guided Southampton to a 16-13 record, their best season in more than 20 years. He inherited a team that won just six games the year before. During his second season, the team posted a 13-14 record.
Green implemented the school=s first mandatory study hall for student-athletes, resulting in the highest basketball team GPA in the school=s history. Six of 11 players were named to the honor roll. The Runnin' Colonials participated in their first post-season appearance in 15 years and returned to the NYCAC playoffs the following season.
After compiling a 29-27 record at Southampton, Green took the helm at the University of North Florida in 1997. In his two years at UNF, he revived the Osprey Basketball Booster Club and the Hoop Club. He also worked with campus organizations to increase attendance at home games. Green guided UNF's switch from the Sunshine State Conference to the Peach Belt Conference. In the first season, the Ospreys finished 8-17, assuming another coach's squad. During his second season, Green reaped the reward of his strong recruiting ability by increasing the team's winning percentage by more than 30-percent to finish 12-16.
In 1999-2000 at FAU, Green led the team to its first-ever victory in the A-Sun Tournament. That season, the team improved by five victories while securing a second-straight opening round victory at the A-Sun Tournament.
A former New York City high school Player-of-the-Year and All-American at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Green was a first-round selection of the Chicago Bulls in the 1983 NBA Draft. He played alongside Michael Jordan for two years before being traded to the New York Knicks where he played under Rick Pitino and with Patrick Ewing.
In 1989, Green was the first selection by the Orlando Magic in the NBA expansion draft. Green was a power forward/center and team captain for the Magic, prior to his trade to the San Antonio Spurs, where he played for Larry Brown. He also played for the Detroit Pistons under Chuck Daly and finished his career with the Charlotte Hornets. Off the court, he served as a players' representative for the NBA Players Association.
At every point in his professional career, Green has demonstrated his commitment to the community. While playing for the Orlando Magic, he founded "Sid's Kids," an Orlando organization designed to motivate and promote self-esteem in underprivileged and handicapped children. He also co-founded the "Shoot-for-the-Stars" Foundation in Las Vegas. In 1989, he received the NBA National Spirit of Love Award, given to the NBA player who has given back significant time and energy to the community.
Green earned a sociology degree from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, where he was a four-year scholarship basketball player and, in 1983, an All-American. A sociology scholarship for minority students has been established in his name at UNLV.
Green remains the all-time leading rebounder (1,276) at UNLV and second all-time in points scored (2,073). In 1994, he became the first player in UNLV history to have his jersey (#21) retired.
He and his wife, Deidra, have two children, a daughter, LaShawn, and a son, Taurean. In 2004-05, Taurean begins his freshman season on the University of Florida basketball team.
UNLV (BS Sociology, 1992)
1995-97, LIU-Southampton College, Head Coach
1997-99, University of North Florida, Head Coach
1999- present, Florida Atlantic University, Head Coach
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