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North Cross' replacement for Bill Hodges coached Roanoke College to a final four appearance.
Friday, May 24, 2013
North Cross has replaced one boys basketball coach with a college coaching background with another one.
Ed Green , who coached Roanoke College to the 1983 NCAA Division III final four, has been hired by North Cross to replace Bill Hodges.
Hodges, who took an Indiana State team led by Larry Bird to the 1979 NCAA championship game, ended a two-year tenure at North Cross earlier this month when he announced his retirement for health reasons.
Green, 70, will retire at the end of the school year as a special needs instructor in the Montgomery County school system. He will not have any teaching responsibilities at North Cross, said Raiders athletic director Eric Lawrence.
Green's coaching resume is marked by success.
He compiled a 260-83 overall record in 12 seasons at Roanoke College from 1978-89, taking the Maroons to seven consecutive ODAC championships and a national semifinal berth in 1983 with a school-record 31 victories.
Green became the head coach at Shawsville High School in 1996-97, remaining through the 1999-2000 season after the school relocated and was renamed Eastern Montgomery.
Green was EastMont's head coach for two years before serving as an assistant under DeWayne Harrell for two seasons.
He returned as the Mustangs head coach in 2002-03, winning 46 games in three years including a victory over Radford that snapped a 47-game Three Rivers District win streak for the Bobcats.
Green returned to Roanoke College in 2005 for a brief tenure as an assistant under Page Moir , before coaching basketball at Virginia Western Community College from 2006-10.
Green has a degree in education from Clarion State (Pa.) and a master's degree from Syracuse. He served as athletic director at Roanoke College for eight years and was inducted into the school's sports hall of fame in 1992.
He takes over a North Cross program that reached the VIS Division III state championship game in March.
"Ed is a true professional," Lawrence said. "We've got someone who will be able to take what Bill has done and hopefully build on it."
Lawrence said he approached Green two years ago when it was known that the school would have a head coaching vacancy at the end of the 2010-11 season before North Cross hired Hodges.
Lawrence said Green's coaching staff at North Cross will include holdover assistant Scott Wilde along with Gerald Holmes, who starred under Green on Roanoke College's 1983 team.
The North Cross AD said he is not sure when Green will officially begin his duties on campus.
"I'm going to leave that up to him," Lawrence said. "He'll probably sit down and meet with the guys sometime next week."
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