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Joe Spight Green
Hometown: New Albany, MS
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Coach Joe Spight Green was born in New Albany where he attended public schools. He graduated from Mississippi A & M in 1926. While at Mississippi A & M, he lettered in football and baseball. He attained his Masters Degree  from Ole Miss and in 1926, moved to Indianola accepting a job with the Indianola Public Schools as principal, math teacher, and head coach in football, basketball, baseball and track. He remained at this job from 1926 to 1943, and during his 16 years as a coach, he never had a losing season. His Indianola High School Indians won the North Mississippi Football Championship in 1929 and won the Overall State of Mississippi football championship in 1939 by defeating Pascagoula 33-12. He was a friend and confidant to hundreds of young men whom he coached. Many still have the nickname he gave them. He served in the U.S. Army in WWII from 1943-1946 and attained the rank of Lt. Colonel. After the war, he returned to Indianola and became a partner in Sunflower Lumber Company where he worked for 40 years before his retirement in 1988. He was inducted to the National High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 1990. Coach Green passed away on September 10, 2002.