BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College has hired former University of Alabama coach Judy Green to head its volleyball program, Athletics Director Joe Dean, Jr., announced today.
"Today is a great day for Birmingham-Southern with the hiring of Judy Green as our new head volleyball coach," Dean said. "I have admired and respected Judy over the years of her remarkable coaching career at Montevallo and the University of Alabama. We are very fortunate and extremely excited that this opportunity presented itself, and look forward to watching Judy's success with our program for many years to come."
Green, who will begin her duties at BSC in the summer of 2011, comes to the Hilltop after 15 years as the head coach at Alabama, where she amassed a 237-234 record. Prior to the 2010 season, she announced her retirement from the program.
At Alabama, Green's first recruiting class posted a 22-8 record as seniors en route to the program's first-ever SEC Western Division title in 2000. Her team won a second SEC West title in 2004, and saw three consecutive NCAA Championship appearances, including the program's first in 2005, followed by berths in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, Green collected her 600th career victory, ranking her 16th among active coaches for all-time wins.
Green, a native of Lake Junaluska, N.C., is a 1984 Western Carolina graduate, where she played volleyball, basketball, and softball, and is the only athlete, male or female, in WCU history to earn 12 letters. She also received numerous honors during her playing career. For volleyball, she was named First-Team All-Southern Conference, MVP of the 1983 Southern Conference Tournament, and Southern Conference Volleyball Player of the Decade for the 1980s. As a basketball player, she scored more than 1,000 career points, and is still one of WCU's top-20 career scorers. She was a member of the team voted the Southern Conference Basketball Team of the Decade for the 1980s. In softball, Green was an AIAW All-American at shortstop and became the first female student-athlete at WCU to be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. She was also named Female Athlete of the Decade for the 1980s by Western Carolina.
After earning her bachelor's and Master's degrees in physical education from Western Carolina, Green started her first coaching job as an assistant volleyball coach with WCU during the 1984 season. In 1985, she served as assistant coach for the softball team and was also the women's cross country head coach.
In 1986, Green landed her first head coaching position at the University of Montevallo, where she took the Falcons to 10 straight NAIA national tournament appearances, including a fourth-place finish in 1988 and a fifth-place finish in 1994 with a 50-5 record.
While at Montevallo, Green was named 1993 National Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, and was also named NAIA South Region Coach of the Year and Southeast Region Coach of the Year during her tenure. She coached 26 NAIA/AVCA All-Americans, 38 NAIA All-District players, 11 NAIA All-Southeast Region players, and eight NAIA District Player of the Year at Montevallo.
"I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to lead the Birmingham-Southern Volleyball program," Green said. "I want to thank Director of Athletics Joe Dean and Assistant Director of Athletics Kyndall Waters for believing in my abilities both as a person and as a coach to lead this incredible group of young women. It has been an incredible coaching journey for me throughout my career, and I am so excited to join the BSC Athletic family.
"Along with Coach Kyndall Waters, our goal for our program will be to help our student-athletes excel at the highest level in the classroom, on the volleyball court, and in the Birmingham community. I have always had great respect for the former coaches who have led the Panther Volleyball program, and I look forward to building on the foundation they have built and creating an even higher level of success. We certainly want to win SCAC Championships and compete on a national level.
"From a recruiting standpoint, Birmingham-Southern is one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country," Green continued. "Not to mention that it boasts an incredibly beautiful campus and outstanding state-of-the-art athletic facilities for DIII athletics. I believe BSC will be an easy sell to gifted student-athletes from all across the country. BSC is the complete package."
Green is known as one of the best technical coaches in the nation, and she is well-respected by her colleagues around the country at every level, who had these things to say about her:
"Judy has tremendous love for coaching. Her energy, knowledge, and desire to help the student-athletes succeed at their highest level will be evident every day. The student-athletes, other athletic department personnel, and entire BSC community will be enriched with Judy in their midst!"
-Sharon Dingman, Head Volleyball Coach, University of Iowa
"Judy Green is one of the finest coaches in the country. She is a winner in every respect. She has led the University of Alabama and University of Montevallo to unparalleled success on the court and in the classroom. Judy is a proven recruiter with the ability to take her athletes to the next level. She is a leader, mentor and coach who will lead the Birmingham-Southern volleyball program to national prominence. We are extremely fortunate to have Judy join Division III women's volleyball."
Jenny McDowell, Head Volleyball Coach, Emory University
"Judy is an outstanding coach and person. She is a great competitor. Coaching against her has always been a great challenge and has made for some outstanding matches. Judy seems to balance it all: she is a devoted professional, a fiery competitor, and a caring individual. She cares deeply about the student-athletes she coaches. Not only does she mold them into great volleyball players, but she also helps them become better people. Judy will be a great addition to the Birmingham-Southern staff."
Fran Flory, Head Volleyball Coach, Louisiana State