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Basketball coach instilling values in kids’ lives

Ja'Mea Thomas, Sports Editor

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Coach Green attended McNeese State University and played college basketball for four years. He was inspired to become a coach because he enjoys working with kids, and his position is one of the best jobs to make a difference in the life of kids.

“When God puts you over kids, he places you over them for a reason; to make a difference,” said coach Green, who has been the head boys basketball coach at NSSH since 2011.

“First of all, you’ve got to instill more confidence into them,” he said. “The focus cannot be on yourself and just winning games but to instill values in these young men that they can make it and be successful in life. Basketball comes second. We want to win but at the end of the day if you can reach these kids and touch them in a way that you know they can make it in this world, that is more fulfilling.”

There are a couple of students who are buying into the program and striving for excellence.

“I put together a tough schedule with teams ranked in the states so it’ll give us a gage where we’re at as far as the ultimate goal is to win State Championship,”

Coach Green stated the team won and lost some tough games but continued to believe that they could be one of the better teams in the state. In the end, the Mustangs went 26-10, including a 12-2 mark in District 21-6A. Their strong journey ended in a lose in class 6A lll Area Round.

“I’m pretty tough on my players and I want them to know I believe in them”. Once your players know you believe in them and care, they will give their very best to be successful.

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