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Former Monett basketball coach lands new job at Missouri Southern

Monday, April 2, 2012

Moving on up. Former Monett Lady Cubs basketball coach Jaime Green, at center, was hired as a new assistant basketball coach at Missouri Southern State University last Thursday. Green led the Lady Cubs from 2004 to 2006. [Photo courtesy of Newman University]
Former Monett Lady Cubs basketball coach Jaime Green was named the new assistant basketball coach for the Missouri Southern women's basketball program last Thursday

Green coached at Monett from 2004 to 2006.

"Monett was the place where it all started for me," said Green. "I received great support from Dave Steward and Alan Spencer. I learned what worked and what didn't as a coach at Monett. I have a special place in my heart for the purple and gold."

Green played for the Lady Lions from 2001 to 2003. After her playing days, she moved into the Missouri high school coaching ranks before becoming head coach at Labette Community College where she guided the Lady Cardinals to an 81-21 record in three seasons.

Most recently, Green has served as head coach of the Newman University women's basketball team. In her two years at Newman, Green transformed the Jets into a contender at both the conference and national levels.

"Jaime Green is a proven winner," said Southern head coach Maryann Mitts. "Her successes over the past four years are obvious. We are excited to have a former player on staff who knows, understands and epitomizes the standards, which guide our program. We have added a highly respected coach who exudes great passion for coaching and the game of basketball. It is great to have her back at her alma mater."

Newman posted a 42-14 record under Green, won back-to-back Heartland Conference regular season titles and made the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II National tournament.

Green led Newman to a 23-6 mark in 2011-12 and a berth in the Division II South Central Regional Tournament. The Jets won the Heartland Conference Tournament, and Green earned HLC Coach of the Year honors. She guided Satoria Bell to selections on Conference and Regional Player of the Year, as well as first-team All-American honors. Two Jets earned All-Heartland Conference honors.

"I am ecstatic to be re-joining a program that has an established history of success," said Green. "It is great to be coming home to my alma mater to join the Lions women's basketball program in their quest for an MIAA title."

While at Missouri Southern, Green was a member of the MIAA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll and was awarded the Spencer Bartlett Respect Award and the Glenn Dolence Leadership/Service Award. Green was also named the 2003 Missouri Southern State University Homecoming Queen.

Green obtained her bachalor of science degree in physical education from MSSU in May 2004 and completed her master's degree in secondary education administration at William Woods University in December 2008.

"My advice to anyone who want to get into coaching or want to chase your dream is: follow your heart," said Green. "Your mind might mislead you and stumbling blocks may be put in your path, but trust your heart."

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