After five years as an assistant, Alan Green will get his chance at the helm of the Bridgeport High School basketball program.
Green has been the first assistant and junior varsity coach since he began his coaching career at Bridgeport in 2009. The 2000 BHS graduate was also the head golf coach this season.
The basketball job came open when former coach Brian Miller took the head coaching position at Weatherford High School last week.
“I’m real excited about this opportunity,” Green said. “After coaching and playing in the program, it is very humbling. It will be a great challenge.
“I’m lucky to have worked under Brian [Miller] and [Brandt] Lockhart. I learned a lot from each of them.”
Green hopes to use that valuable experience in building his own program.
“We are going to play the game the way it should be played,” he said. “We are going to be real disciplined, mentally tough, we are going to push the ball and put a lot of pressure on defensively.
“We are going to have to be fundamentally sound to compete against teams that might be more athletic than we are.”
Green is excited about instilling his philosophy throughout the whole program.
“I want to invest in the younger kids,” Green said. “I’m excited about the summer conditioning program. I’m ready to get things nailed down and get started.”
Bridgeport’s Director of Athletics Danny Henson says Green was an easy choice.
“Coach Green is well-prepared for this move and will do a great job in leading our boys basketball program,” Henson said.
The Bulls finished 15-16 last season and have an experienced core of players coming back.
Green is looking forward to leading the next group of seniors.
“I love these kids, and I have known them a long time,” he said. “Getting a chance to lead them and be their head coach is very special. It will be a very rewarding time.”