Thursday, December 4, 2008
Green receives award for service, leadership
By BARRY BURLESON
Karen Green’s outstanding leadership in Marshall County and beyond has resulted in national recognition.
The Potts Camp teacher, coach and athletic director is being honored with a State Award of Merit by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA). Her name will be published in the banquet booklet during the NIAAA Conference at San Diego, Calif., in December. She will receive her award during the Mississippi Athletic Administrators Association (MAAA) Conference January 15-16, 2009, in Vicksburg.
“This is a fantastic honor for me and Potts Camp School,” Green said, “because I am only the fifth person from Mississippi to receive this award.”
She is immediate past president of the MAAA. She served as first vice president of the state association in 2005-06 and second vice president in 2004-05. She has been a committee member of the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) for nine years and committee chair for five years. She has served on the NIAAA credentials committee for five years.
“This award would not have been possible had Potts Camp School not been willing to let me serve on the committees for the state (Mississippi High School Activities Association and MAAA) and NIAAA. They (the administrators) were very good to me to let me spend the time that I needed to work on these committees. I have really enjoyed and learned a lot from the very informative conferences at both the state and national levels.”
Green has been working at Potts Camp School the past 16 years. She has led a very successful athletic department for the past 12 years. Programs established during her tenure include slow-pitch softball, fast-pitch softball, cross country, track and field, Fellowship of Christian Athletics, the athletic banquet and the athletic booster club.
She was nominated for the Award of Merit by Ennis Proctor, executive director of the Mississippi High School Activities Association.
“Karen Green is one of the most respected and professional athletic administrators in the state of Mississippi,” Proctor said. “She has served our state well on national committees and has provided great leadership for the Mississippi High School Activities Association.
“She is a role model and good example for our young athletic administrators. It was my pleasure to nominate her for this well-deserved recognition.”
As a coach, Green’s Potts Camp teams have won seven state championships in track and field and three in cross country. She was named Teacher of the Year in 1997-98 at Potts Camp. She was selected state Coach of the Year for cross country in May 1998 and state Coach of the Year for track and field in May 2001. She was also named South Sectional Coach of the Year by the NIAAA (track and field) in February 2002.
“As much as I love being a part of the state and national committees, I love coaching even more,” Green said. “The look on the athlete’s face when they achieve the goals they have set is fantastic. If I can help even one of our children to succeed in life through sports, it is a great feeling.
“I have watched many children grow and mature from the time they enter the seventh grade until they graduate. I have seen many of them come out of the shell through playing a sport. I have seen athletics keep children in school and keep them from dropping out.”
She is excited about the future of Potts Camp High School. A new sports complex is in the works.
“I am really excited about our new sports complex being built,” Green said. “We have seven state championships in track and field without a practice facility. I can’t wait to see what we can do with a track to practice on. Potts Camp is only going to move forward in the future.”
The State Award of Merit is presented by the state to an NIAAA member who demonstrates outstanding leadership and meritorious service and achievement in the vocation of interscholastic administration.
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