LHW: Most people only know you through the Shamrock AC. Tell us about your wrestling experience and accomplishments. How did you get started in wrestling? Where do you get the inspiration and drive from?
GREEN: I had a pretty undistinguished HS career and duplicated that lack of success at Binghamton. I always knew I would be a good coach. I’ve had some great mentors over the years, guys like Frank Sorochinsky, Joe DeMeo, Rick Gumble, Gary Moyer…I just kinda took bits and pieces from everyone’s style and tried to eliminate the stuff I thought was counterproductive.
Two guys that standout for me are Joe Rotundo- an old club coach I had growing up in Section 6, and Sarge. Rotundo was passionate about wrestling, and had a huge impression on me when I was a teenager. I think his Clarence WC was as much the model for Shamrock as anything else, because as an athlete from a rival school he welcomed me into his room, as he did everyone else. And as a young coach, I was blessed to be on the Union Endicott staff with Sarge. Nothing makes me happier to see him in the BU room. The guy just wants to be around wrestling, and he is as sharp as a tack everyday.
LHW: One fact that a few of us do happen to know about you, is that in a “former life”, you were a teacher. How do you feel your experience as an educator enhanced your coaching ability? Even years removed from the decision to leave the profession, do you still find that your old teaching habits kick in from time to time when coaching or speaking to recruits about the academic side of their college decision? At this point in time, do you foresee a possible return to the classroom?
GREEN: My career as an educator has helped in recruiting, no doubt. I do miss some aspects of it, but there is nothing that will wear you down faster than the politics of the NYS Education system, especially in regards to coaching and athletics. Schools preach excellence and achievement, but put up roadblocks to success academically and athletically. My wife is a teacher, so anytime I think of returning, I just ask her how her day went, and the urge disappears. Plus at this point, coaching and business is MORE than a full time job.
LHW: What do you do for fun? What would you like people to know about you that they don’t already know?
GREEN: Fun? Winning is fun, right? Anytime I don’t spend involved in wrestling is spent with my family. I’m fortunate to be supported as much as I am in that regard. Anyone who has traveled to Fargo knows I’m a pretty avid reader as well. But most of my life is this sport. What else is there?