Zach Green is only 30 years old but he said he’s ready to take over the reigns as the just-hired Logan High School boys’ basketball coach.
Green, a Madison native and a former Scott and Logan high school player and LHS assistant boys’ basketball coach, will officially be named as the new Wildcats’ mentor on Thursday night at the Logan County School Board meeting.
Green was an assistant under former coach Mark Hatcher for five years. He said he learned a lot from Hatcher, who led Logan to two state championships in 2005 and 2010, a state runner-up finish and numerous sectional and regional titles in his 15 years at the helm.
“I was an assistant for five years and as soon as I got out of college I came directly back and started helping Mark,” Green said. “It was great to be able to coach under a guy like Mark Hatcher. As everyone knows, he’s a little bit wild but he’s a great man. The main thing that I learned from Mark is that in order to be successful you have to really care about the kids. You can go and ask just about every kid that played for Mark and they love him and they would do anything in the world for him. I want to keep that tradition going. I want to care about my kids and I want them to feel the same way about me.”
Green said he took last year off and thought he might get a shot someday after Allan Hatcher’s retirement.
Those plans were moved up, however, as Hatcher, who replaced son Mark last year as the head coach, battled health issues and retired from coaching prematurely.
“I didn’t coach last year,” Green said. “When Mark retired Allan got the job and my wife and I decided I needed some time away from basketball and to start a family. She’s six months pregnant now. That was kind of the direction that we wanted to go. We wanted to set us up financially so when Allan retired we thought in five or six years that we’d be ready to jump right into it. But a lot of things have changed. I love Allan and Allan has been great for me already. He’s helped me a lot.”
Green played his college basketball at Alderson Broaddus after leading Logan to the Class AA state tournament in 2004.
“I played four years at Alderson Broaddus,” Green said. “I played on four very good teams and we went to the national tournament all four years. I ended up scoring 1,000 points there and I started on a Sweet Sixteen Division II team. I had a lot of success there and played under a very very successful coach in Greg Zimmerman.”
Next week, Green will have a week’s worth of time to work with his new team. The June three-week summer practice period is set to end on July 2.
“Time is running out,” Green said. “I don’t know how much I will get accomplished. The school board meeting is Thursday and I don’t think I’ll be able to have any association with them until everything is cleared with that. I’ll have a week or so left so try to get in and at least lay down a foundation of what we want to do when the season comes.”
Green will have some rebuilding to do next year with the Wildcats as four starters are gone from last year’s 10-14 team.
A few veteran players will be back, however, including rising senior guard Kyle Porter, seniors Will Akers, Samuel Justice and Jamal Minter, junior T.Jay Mullins, 6-6 Dino Noe, incoming freshman player David Early and others.
“We do have a few older guys back who have played for me before — guys like Will (Akers) and Jamal (Minter) and some of those guys,” Green said. “They know me and they know what kind of style I like to play. Not having that much time left is going to hurt some of the other kids. But they generally know what kind of style that I like to play.”
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).