Green leaves Marquette, takes boys basketball job at CM

    BETHALTO — Lee Green had hoped his coaching career would take him back to college women’s basketball.

    He is taking a welcomed detour taking him back to boys basketball in Bethalto.

    On Thursday night, the Civic Memorial school board approved the hiring of Green as varsity boys basketball, replacing Jared Reynolds. Reynolds resigned at the end of last season after three seasons.

    Green spent the last six seasons as girls coach at Marquette Catholic, posting a 114-51 record with two Class 2A regional championships in six years. Last season, the Explorers went 27- 7 – the second most wins in school history – and advanced to a sectional title game before being eliminated by eventual state champion Quincy Notre Dame.

    Green grew up in Southern California before playing college baseball in Iowa. He went back to California to coach high school girls basketball for five years before getting a head coach job at the NAIA women’s basketball level.

    Green came back to the Midwest as an assistant women’s basketball coach at SIUE. When Cougars head coach Wendy Hedberg retired at SIUE, Green remained in the area and went preps as an assistant coach under Jonathan Denney at CM. Green focused on boys basketball for seven years at the AAU level before taking the Marquette job.

    He faces another rebuilding job at CM, which is coming off a 6-26 season that included a 0-10 record in the Mississippi Valley Conference. The past four Eagles seasons have produced a 30-80 record with a 6-34 Valley mark.

    Green does inherit experience and talent with the Eagles, led by 6-foot-11 Sam Buckley, who averaged 14.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots per game as a junior. CM’s second- and third-leading scorers also return in Adam Ogden (6.4 ppg) and Dathan Greene (5.6) along with four other players that logged significant varsity minutes.

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