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Karen Green
Hometown: Oxford, MS
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Coach Karen Green is a 28-year coaching veteran who was born in Oxford, and is a 1969 graduate of Potts Camp where she was an all-conference basketball player.  From 1969 to 1973, she was a member of the MUW basketball team that captured the 1971 National women’s title and finished 4th in the nation in 1972.  Coach Green completed her college education at Ole Miss where she finished graduate school in 1975; she later earned NIAAA certifications as an athletic director, test administrator, and LTI instructor. Karen started her 28-year coaching career at Pascagoula where she led the girls’ basketball program and the junior high track and field squad from 1973 to 1974.  She then worked at Ole Miss where she was an assistant women’s basketball and volleyball coach from 1974 to 1975.  In 1977, Karen arrived at Mt. Pleasant Christian Academy where she expanded her coaching duties as head girls’ basketball coach, head junior high basketball coach, head softball coach, and head coach of the track and field team. In 1993, Coach Green returned to her alma mater at Potts Camp where she would spend the next 19 years developing a track and cross-country dynasty.  During her tenure at Potts Camp, Karen has been assistant baseball coach, head junior high basketball coach, head girls’ basketball coach, head softball coach, head coach for junior high and varsity track and field and cross country for both the boys’ and girls’ squads. In addition, she served as the school’s athletic director for 15 years.  Along with all of her coaching responsibilities, Karen taught a full load of classes each year including advanced science, health, and driver education.  She also drove a bus route for 6 years and drove the bus for all of her athletic events.  Coach Green led her Potts Camp cross-country and track squads to 26 district titles, 14 regional crowns, 8 North half titles, 8 state runner-up finishes, and 10 state championships.  Coach Green was named the MAC Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1998 and the MAC Track and Field Coach of the Year in 2001.  She was the NIAAA South Sectional Region Coach of the Year for track and field in 2002 and was named the MHSAA Athletic Director of the Year in 2010.  Coach Green was Potts Camp Teacher of the Year for 1997 - 1998 and received the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 2009.  She helped the school establish softball, cross-country, track & field, football, powerlifting and volleyball programs.  Karen also supervised the building of a new sports complex at Potts Camp.  When she started at Potts Camp, there were only three coaches on staff, but as the program grew, the coaching staff rose to between 8 and 12 coaches at the small school with enrollment of around 200 students and a small athletic budget.  In 2012, Karen slowed down active coaching and became the Marshall County District Athletic Director until her retirement in 2016.  An active member of the MAC, Karen was a committee member and chair and was a member of the MAC Board of Directors.  She served as vice president and president of the Mississippi Athletic Administrators Association and a member of the long-range planning committee.  She was on the credentials committee and state coordinator for certification with the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.  Even though she is retired, Karen continues to work with the MAAA and the NIAAA.  She received the NHSACA Kathy Holloway Woman of Inspiration Award in 2022.  In addition to MAC Coaches Hall of Fame membership, Coach Green is the first female ever inducted into the Mississippi Athletic Administrators Association Hall of Fame having received the distinction in 2022.  She was also inducted into the inaugural class of the MUW Athletics Hall of Fame in 2023.