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George Green Steps Down As Islander Track And Field Head Coach

Nado Natterings by David Axelson | Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 2:35 pm

I once wrote a feature on George Green and referred to him as “The Most Interesting Man in Coronado.” I have sent and received more emails from Green over the past 20 years than any other person I know. As either head coach or as an assistant, Green has been a major part of the CHS Boys and Girls Track & Field Team for 28 years.

At the team’s awards banquet last week, Green announced that he is stepping down from the helm of the program, but will remain on as an assistant coach, during the transition to his as-yet un-named successor. Green started coaching at CHS in 1991 to assist Jessica Lunt, one of the elite track athletes produced by Coronado High, with her distance running workouts. Four years later, when Green was looking for a high jump coach, Claudia Lunt Jessica’s mother, told Green about her brother Kerry Elders, who was a former 7 foot, 2 inch high jumper, saying he might be a good candidate for the position. The coaching tandem of Green and Elders helped create too many league and CIF champions to list in this space. Just accept the fact that for a school of roughly 1,000 students, Coronado High has had a hugely disproportionate share of track stars over the years.

Green plans to continue to coach cross country in the fall, which is probably his true love along with the distance runners in track, with all other track and field events tied for second place. Not widely known is that Green ran the half-mile and mile at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and lost just two races over his four-year college career. Green is enshrined in the ODU Sports Hall of Fame. In addition, Green was a member of the Navy Underwater Demolition Teams (UDTs) for five years, was an expert diver, has designed several software apps including two for horse racing, and he majored in Geology with a minor in Marine Biology at ODU. Green is a man of many talents and interests.

At the banquet, Green announced the Track Team award winners, which included: Girls MVP-Alysah Hickey; Boys MVP-Nicholas Dunn; ISF Award Winners-Regina Czerewko and Shane Alihan; Most Improved-David Norris and Jasmine Chaney; and Boys Rookie of the Year-John Cook. Green noted that Cook, a freshman, was the only Islander Boy to win a City League title, being victorious in the 110-meter hurdles.

Green made plaques for the four senior girls who were part of the team with won the County Freshman Championship in 2016, the County Sophomore Championship in 2017 and the CIF Championship in 2018. The four athletes were: Ruthie Grant-Williams, Hickey, Teresa Perez, and Madden Hundley. In recognition of the CIF championship, Green created additional plaques for Victoria Perez, Abby Hundley, and Sofia Van Arsdale. This year, Victoria Perez broke her own school records in both the shot put and discus.

The graduating Girls Senior Class set a total of 13 school records during their collective prep careers, according to Green. The events included: the 100 and 200 meter dash events, the 800, 1600, and 3200 meter runs, the 3-Mile run, High Jump, Long Jump, 100 Hurdles, 4x100 relay, Distance Medley Relay, Shot Put, and Discus.

Green, has already begun looking forward to the fall of 2019 and the Cross Country season. He said, “Anyone considering coming out for Cross Country this fall, please contact me through the website. We’ll be starting base conditioning for the fall season soon. To be ready for the official start of the season August 5th. That’s less than eight weeks away, with our first meet August 20th.”

On the Girls Cross Country Team next year, track and cross country standouts Madden Hundley and Van Arsdale will return along with Jessica Ehret. Rising freshmen Dana Jennings and Anna Youngblood are among the graduates of the Coronado Middle School Team who will help form a core group of runners. On the Boys side, Casey Harris, Cole Mullins and Landon Mullins will likely be the top three runners, with others expected to contribute as well.