August 20, 2010

SHAWN GREEN HIRED AS ACADEMIC SUPPORT/COMPLIANCE ASSISTANT

DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire athletic department announced Friday that Shawn Green (UNH ’96) has been hired as Academic Support/Compliance Assistant. He joins the Wildcats after serving as the head coach for the men’s and women’s cross country/ track teams for nine years at Quinnipiac University, and most recently was the men’s cross country/track & field coach at Southern Connecticut State University for a year. Green has 12 years of experience in collegiate athletics. He will split his time in the academic support and compliance departments.

”Shawn is a bright, high energy guy who has the experience and enthusiasm to ‘hit the ground running’ and make a significant impact right away,” said Carrie Doyle, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Compliance.

Prior to his year with SCSU, Green had experience at four Division I programs – Quinnipiac University, Michigan State University, UNH and Georgia State University.

“We’re excited to have Shawn back at UNH,” Joanne Maldari, Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Support said. “Shawn’s experience in collegiate athletics and his knowledge of the New Hampshire athletic programs makes him a perfect fit. He was standout student-athlete while he was here and will bring that to his work with current student-athletics.”

Green made an immediate impact in his only season with the Owls. He led the squad to Northeast-10 Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships, as well as a fourth-place finish at the New England Indoor Championships. The Owls were the top Division II finisher at New England’s indoors in 2010.

Prior to his year at SCSU, Green had served as head men’s and women’s cross country/track and field coach at Quinnipiac from July, 2000 to July, 2009. During that span, he transformed the cross country programs into a juggernaut, as evidenced by four consecutive Northeast Conference women’s cross country titles (2005-08) and four titles in five years on the men’s side (2004, 2006-08).

A three-time Northeast Conference Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year, Green also guided the women’s cross country squad to the 2007 New England Championship.

In his 10 years at Quinnipiac, Green coached 32 individual Northeast Conference champions and nine NEC champion relay teams. He also coached the Bobcats’ first female Division I All-American in any sport, Katie Gwyther.

The academic accomplishments of Green’s squads were equally as impressive. His squads were recognized with Academic All-America Team honors by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on 34 occasions (out of a possible 36) over the past nine years. The 2004 men’s track and field and 2007 women’s track and field teams posted the second-highest team grade point average of any Division I program in the nation.

Prior to joining the Quinnipiac staff, Green served as a volunteer assistant coach at Georgia State University and Lansing (Mich.) Community College.

As a student-athlete, he competed for both the UNH and Michigan State University. Green was a captain at UNH and led the Wildcats to a pair of North Atlantic Conference titles. He completed his track and field eligibility at Michigan State.

Green is a former Vice President of the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Cross Country/Track and Field Association and Chair of the Northeast Conference Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coaches Committee. He has also served on the USTFCCCA Cross Country Executive Committee.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from the University of New Hampshire and a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Michigan State University. Green and his wife Wendy reside in Nottingham with their children Dawson and Cassidy.

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