Thursday, June 14, 2012
Successful Potts Camp coach retires
By MARY R. MINOR
Karen Green, Potts Camp athletic director, retired in May after 20 years with the Marshall County School District.
During her career, she was part of a very successful athletic department, one which she helped to grow and expand.
Under Green’s direction, the following programs were established – slow pitch softball, fast pitch softball, cross country, track and field, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, athletic banquet, and the Athletic Booster Club.
“The first phase (football field and track) of an athletic complex is ready and they should be playing football games this fall and having track meets next year,” she said. “The next phase (baseball and softball) is in the process of being built; the groundwork has begun.”
A graduate of Potts Camp High School, Green continued her education at Mississippi State College for Women where she was a member of the 1970-71 National Championship basketball team and a member of the 1971-72 basketball team (placed fourth in the nation). Following her graduation from MSCW, she attended graduate school at the University of Mississippi (1974-75).
She received certification for athletic director through the NIAAA-CAA in 2004 and obtained her CAA Test Administrators Certification in 2007.
Green holds a Mississippi Class A Certificate and Endorsements in the following – driver’s education, health education, physical education, biology, general science, and A&P biology.
Her career in education began as a teacher/coach at Pascagoula Junior High (1973-74), where she taught health and physical education and coached junior high track and high school basketball. In 1974-75, as a graduate assistant at the University of Mississippi, she taught golf classes, and was the assistant coach for the Lady Rebel basketball and volleyball teams. From 1977-79, Green was a teacher/coach at Mt. Pleasant Christian Academy, teaching seventh and eighth grade science and history and remedial algebra, and coaching softball, junior high and high school basketball and track.
From 1979-92, she served as operations coordinator in the Chemistry Department at the University of Mississippi. She assisted the chairman of the department with duties such as graduate student records, budget, inventory, building maintenance, curriculum, class scheduling, advising undergraduate and graduate students, and standardized testing.
Last, but not least, she served as teacher, coach and athletic director at Potts Camp. She taught physical education, driver’s education, health, physical science, science skills and reasoning, biology, anatomy and physiology and A&P biology. Also, she coached softball (four years), baseball (assistant, two years), junior and senior basketball (six years), junior and senior cross country (16 years), track and field (16 years) and served as athletic director for 15 years.
Green also served as president, first vice president and second vice president for the Mississippi Athletic Administrators Association. She was a committee member for nine years and a committee chair for five years for the Mississippi Association of Coaches, and in the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, she served on the Credentials Committee for five years.
During her successful career, she was named Teacher of the Year at Potts Camp High School (1997-1998); Coach of the Year (cross country), MAC, May 1998; Coach of the Year (track and field), MAC, May 2001; South Sectional Region Coach of the Year (track and field), NIAAA, February 2002; NIAAA State Award of Merit, Jan. 2009; and MHSAA Athletic Director of Year in January 2010.
While at Potts Camp High School, she had 21 district titles in cross country and track (boys and girls); 10 regional titles in cross country and track (boys and girls); eight North titles; eight state runner-ups; and 10 state titles.
Green and her husband, Jerry, live at Potts Camp. They have two sons and five grandchildren. Michael and his wife, Leah, have three children, Wesley, Morgan and Ava Gail. Matthew and Stephanie have two children, Jackson and Lucas. Green plans to spend time during her retirement with her family, “especially the grandchildren,” she said.
Other family members are her sister, Sandy and husband Charles Smith of Bruce, and her brother, David Fuller of Potts Camp.
A retirement party was held for Green on Friday night, May 18, at Cravin’ Catfish in Sherman with 50 family members and friends in attendance. She received many accolades by former co-workers, friends, and family members, and was highly praised for her work with the youth in the school.
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