"Hard work, No excuses!"


Coach Green standing in the center of the Churchland High School basketball court.

Coach Green stands in the center of the Churchland High School basketball court.

“What​ ​made​ ​you​ ​aspire​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​basketball​ ​coach?”

“I​ ​love​ ​the​ ​game,​ ​competing,​ ​and​ ​developing​ ​players.”

Jarvis​ ​Green,​ ​head​ ​Junior​ ​Varsity​ ​coach​ ​for​ ​the​ ​girls’​ ​basketball​ ​team,​ ​is​ ​in his​ ​second​ ​year​ ​coaching​ ​high​ ​school​ ​basketball.​ ​​ ​This​ ​is​ ​his​ ​fourth​ ​year coaching​ ​overall​ ​(his​ ​first​ ​two​ ​years​ ​were​ ​spent​ ​coaching​ ​recreational basketball).

Although​ ​Green​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​be​ ​the​ ​head​ ​Varsity​ ​coach,​ ​he​ ​jumped​ ​at​ ​the opportunity​ ​to​ ​be​ ​the​ ​JV​ ​coach.

“I​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​Varsity​ ​coach,​ ​but​ ​like​ ​everything​ ​else,​ ​it’s​ ​a​ ​process​ ​and it’s​ ​a​ ​stepping​ ​stone.​ ​​ ​So​ ​JV​ ​definitely​ ​helped​ ​me​ ​develop​ ​as​ ​a​ ​coach​ ​and also​ ​learn​ ​the​ ​ropes​ ​of​ ​running​ ​the​ ​Varsity​ ​program.”

The​ ​2015-2016​ ​basketball​ ​season​ ​was​ ​Green’s​ ​first​ ​year​ ​coaching​ ​high school​ ​basketball.​ ​​ ​Despite​ ​the​ ​fact​ ​that​ ​last​ ​year​ ​was​ ​a​ ​losing​ ​season​ ​for girls’​ ​JV,​ ​he​ ​takes​ ​it​ ​as​ ​a​ ​learning​ ​experience.

“My​ ​first​ ​year​ ​was​ ​pretty​ ​good.​ ​​ ​I​ ​had​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​things​ ​as​ ​a​ ​coach.​ ​​ ​I had​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​about​ ​the​ ​players​ ​also,​ ​but​ ​overall​ ​it​ ​was​ ​good​ ​growth​ ​for​ ​me and​ ​the​ ​players.”

Green​ ​plans​ ​to​ ​stay​ ​more​ ​consistent​ ​with​ ​his​ ​coaching​ ​methods​ ​that​ ​he used​ ​last​ ​year,​ ​and​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​build​ ​off​ ​of​ ​what​ ​he​ ​saw​ ​and​ ​learned​ ​from the​ ​players​ ​and​ ​help​ ​them​ ​develop.

Even​ ​though​ ​Green​ ​loves​ ​the​ ​competitive​ ​side​ ​of​ ​basketball​ ​and​ ​watching the​ ​players​ ​push​ ​themselves,​ ​there​ ​are​ ​some​ ​disadvantages.

“With​ ​coaching​ ​girls,​ ​their​ ​attitudes​ ​can​ ​be​ ​out​ ​of​ ​this​ ​world.”

Coaching​ ​basketball​ ​as​ ​a​ ​profession​ ​is​ ​definitely​ ​something​ ​Green​ ​would look​ ​into​ ​doing,​ ​if​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​presented​ ​itself.

“My​ ​dream​ ​coaching​ ​job​ ​would​ ​probably​ ​be​ ​being​ ​the​ ​head​ ​Varsity​ ​coach at​ ​a​ ​premier​ ​rank​ ​high​ ​school​ ​or​ ​coaching​ ​at​ ​one​ ​of​ ​my​ ​old​ ​colleges,​ ​which is​ ​North​ ​Carolina​ ​Central.”

Girls’​ ​Junior​ ​Varsity​ ​Basketball​ ​Team

Jarvis​ ​Green-​ ​Head​ ​Coach;​ ​Lemar​ ​Ricks-​ ​Assistant​ ​Coach

Jadyn​ ​Bright-​ ​Power​ ​Forward/Center​ ​(Captain)

Zaniquia​ ​Kirby-​ ​Point​ ​Guard​ ​(Captain)

Laila​ ​Mann-​ ​Point​ ​Guard/Shooting​ ​Guard

Clarice​ ​Pate-​ ​Power​ ​Forward/Center

Molly​ ​McDonald-​ ​Shooting​ ​Guard

Arielle​ ​Nelson-​ ​Shooting​ ​Guard/Small​ ​Forward

Anaiya ​Harper-​ ​Small​ ​Forward

Green​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​make​ ​a​ ​closing​ ​remark,​ ​so​ ​people​ ​would​ ​know​ ​what​ ​to expect​ ​from​ ​the​ ​girls’​ ​JV​ ​basketball​ ​team.

“People​ ​should​ ​expect​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​more​ ​wins​ ​than​ ​last​ ​year,​ ​more​ ​effort,​ ​and​ ​also expect​ ​a​ ​winning​ ​season."

Photo: Jadyn Bright

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