Indiana Director of Basketball Operations Jerry Green comes to Indiana University after having spent the 2005-06 campaign in the same role at Oklahoma under Kelvin Sampson. He brings 19 years of head coaching experience and nearly 30 years of coaching collegiate basketball to IU, including five NCAA Tournament appearances. Green boasts a long list of success as a head coach at the Division I level, compiling over 300 wins and making five NCAA Tournament appearances as a head coach. Following a four-year hiatus from 2001-05, Green became Oklahoma's director of basketball operations last season where he helped the Sooners to a 20-9 record and berth in the NCAA Tournament.
"It's been great at Oklahoma but now to be a part of Indiana University, with its tradition of success, I am so excited and looking forward to working with these young men," Green said. "I am really excited to be here working alongside Coach Sampson. I learned a great deal how Coach Sampson operates from working with him last year at Oklahoma. To move up here after working with him a year, I feel much more comfortable and have the ultimate amount of confidence in him in the things he is doing both on and off the court."
Sampson is excited to have someone of Green's stature and experience as part of the Hoosier regime.
"Jerry was with me at Oklahoma and someone I have known for years. The thing I love about Jerry is his maturity and his common sense approach to life. He enjoys helping young people. He is going to be responsible for a lot of different areas and I couldn't think of a better person in the country to have in that position. He is a great friend and I trust him implicitly."
Prior to joining Sampson and the Sooners, Green spent four seasons the head coach at Tennessee from 1997-2001. While there, Green led the Volunteers to four NCAA Tournament appearances, compiling an 89-36 record. Green won at least 20 games in each of his four seasons. Furthermore, Green's teams led the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in graduation rate, graduating nine of his 10 players. Green earned national Coach of the Year laurels by CBSSportsline.com and earned NABC District VII Coach of the Year honors in 2000, as well as being named as a finalist for the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Coach of the Year award that same year.
Prior to his stint at Tennessee, Green spent five seasons as the head coach at Oregon (1992-97), where he amassed a 72-70 mark. The Ducks posted winning records in each of Green's last three seasons and went 52-33 during the span. He led Oregon to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 34 years during the 1994-95 season, and its first national ranking since 1977.
Green spent four years as an assistant coach at Kansas (1988-92) under Roy Williams, where he helped the Jayhawks to a 103-30 record and to the 1991 national title game. Additionally, he spent 12 seasons at UNC Asheville, three as an assistant coach (1976-79) and his last 10 as head coach (1979-88). Green helped guide Asheville through two major changes in the last three years of his tenure. The Bulldogs made the move up from the NAIA level to the ranks of Division II, and then became a Division I program for Green's final two seasons. His teams posted a combined 150-108 record.
A native of Greenville, S.C., Green and his wife, Nancy, have a son, Travis (30).