The growth of athletes is consistently covered and analyzed by the media. What often goes unacknowledged, however, is the development of coaches.
Over the past three years, Boise State track and field has facilitated the success story of up and coming Andy Green. On Oct. 18, head coach Corey Ihmels announced Green’s promotion to full-time assistant coach.
Since 2017, Green has exercised partial reign over sprints, jumps and hurdles. With this new position, he will balance the same duties with recruiting, office hours and leadership over the throws section.
According to Ihmels, Green is clearly the man for the job. Yet, Green accepted the promotion with apparent humility. He maintains a grateful outlook on his job and an appreciation for the opportunity before him.
“I can’t believe this is our job – that we get to do this. The fun thing about being with the athletes is that everyday you get to see them try to improve themselves and push themselves to do something better than they’ve ever done it before,” Green said.
Modesty and gratitude don’t stand alone in building Green’s resume; his coaching experience and relationships within the track and field program have made him a fit with the Broncos.
From 2008 to 2011, Green was a star athlete at the University of Redlands. He not only graduated with two All-American honors, he also left with a desire to coach.
“People go into coaching for one of two reasons: either because they didn’t have a good coach or because they had a really good coach. Mike Schmidt at Redlands is fantastic and that really inspired to want to pursue that,” Green said.
Immediately after college, Green began his career at Sammamish High School, where he served as the head coach of track and field and cross country from 2012 to 2015. He then moved on to fill the role of assistant coach of jumps, hurdles and sprints at Minot State University in 2016.
Green joined Boise State’s coaching staff in 2017. Since then, he has spent two years as a graduate assistant and one year as a volunteer assistant. Within that time, Green’s hard work proved his value to the team.
“Andy came to us as a volunteer. He started at ground-zero and has worked his way up. I think he has obviously done a great job,” Ihmels said.
Responsible and self-motivated
Andy Green characterizes his relationship with fellow Boise State coaches as trusting. Green knows that he can count on others and they can count on him, creating a dynamic he describes as a family with professionalism.
Ihmels supported these comments, explaining that Green has displayed reliability and an ability to work well with the coaching staff. After three years of working above Green, observing his effective collaboration with full-time employees, Ihmels concluded that it was natural to establish Green as one, himself.
“It seemed like a seamless transition,” Ihmels said.
Despite the present appreciation toward Green, the young couch hopes to expand upon his knowledge and skills, while utilizing the influence of those around him to do so.
“Everyone here has way more experience than I do,” Green said. “I try to ask as many questions as I can and be as curious as I can. I try to learn from all of their experiences.”
During his time at Boise State, Green has cultivated a constructive bond with the athletes, both training-wise and personally. According to Ihmels, Green’s younger age allows him to relate to students on a level that may not be achieved by older coaches.
“He is able to listen and understand what the athletes need and what he can do as a coach to help them,” Ihmels said.
Since his promotion, Green has gained complete control over the throws event. Senior thrower Kendra Noneman has been directly involved in the transition and, thus far, has no complaints.
Noneman expressed admiration for Green’s application of biomechanics in the training process, claiming that his methods have prepared incoming freshmen, Bryce Valles and Connor Bjornson, for collegiate throws competition.
In addition to physicality, Noneman claims that Green has improved team chemistry by encouraging interaction between the numerous events he coaches.
“His coming-in has been really good for ‘team togetherness.’ Our team is a lot closer and I think it is really good for us,” Noneman said.
As the track and field season begins, one should keep an eye out during throwing events for a relatively isolated look at Green’s coaching.
The impact of Andy Green’s promotion will be revealed on Saturday, Dec. 7, when the Broncos compete in the Sharon Colyear-Danville Season Opener hosted at Boston University.