Shaun Green returns to the sidelines for his 30th season as head
coach for the Central Connecticut State University men's soccer
program in 2014. Green was introduced as the Blue Devils'
head coach in 1985.
In 2013 the Blue Devils won the Northeast Conference regular season championship and the right to host the NEC Championships in New Britain. Central posted a 6-1 record in league play and would finish the 2013 season with a 9-9-1 overall record. The Blue Devils were 6-0 heading into the final game of the conference and had already clinched the top seed prior to a loss at Bryant. Green was named Coach of the Year for the second time in three years. The Blue Devils had six players earn All-Conference honors, including NEC Rookie of the Year Conor Qualter. He was a first team selection and five Blue Devils were named second team. The Blue Devils also earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for their performance in the classroom.
In 2012 the Blue Devils finished 8-8-2 overall and 6-3-1 in Northeast Conference action, good for a fourth place finish in the regular season standings. Senior Reece Wilson was named the NEC Player of the Year and led a group of four All-Conference selections. Wilson was also named a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American, becoming the first CCSU student-athlete to earn First Team honors at the Division I level. Wilson was joined by classmates Thomas Obasi and Jessie Menzies on the First Team All-Conference squad. Senior Steven Bailey was named to the Second Team.
In 2011, Green led the Blue Devils to a 10-8-1 (7-3 NEC) record which tied them for the NEC regular season championship. Green was recognized as NEC Coach of the Year after leading Central into the conference tournament for the fifth time in his career.
Green, a Newcastle, England native, has built a winning tradition on the New Britain campus over the past 29 years. In 2007, Green coached the Blue Devils to their first ever Northeast Conference Championship and first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. CCSU won the NEC Tournament as the four seed, beating both Monmouth and St. Francis (PA) in 1-0 matches. Coach Green's team knocked off 15th ranked Harvard and 9th ranked Tulsa on route to the round of sixteen in the NCAA Tournament, a feat unmatched by any other CCSU team in the Division 1 era. The Blue Devils finished nationally ranked in the NSCAA poll for the first time in school history. A tactical innovator, Green's tenure has helped the Blue Devil program rise to national prominence.
In 2008, Green helped seniors Yan Klukowski and David Tyrie cap off tremendous careers at Central. Both student-athletes were named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List prior to the season. The Hermann trophy is awarded, each year, to the top collegiate soccer player in the country. After much team success in 2007, with an NEC Championship and NCAA Tournament run, Klukowski and Tyrie received many individual accolades in 2008. They received NSCAA/adidas All-Region honors for the third straight year and All-NEC accolades for the fourth time in as many seasons.
In 2006 CCSU made appearances in both the NSCAA/Adidas and College Soccer News national top-25 polls, peaking at #19 in the former. Additionally, Klukowski, a sophomore at the time, became the third straight Blue Devil to lead the nation in a major statistical category. The Wiltshire, England native followed Jorden Holder, the 2005 statistical champion in assists, and Alex Harrison, the 2004 statistical champion in goals, by leading NCAA Division I in assists with .73 per game.
In 2003, Green earned Northeast Conference Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Blue Devils to an appearance in the NEC tournament final. Green coached Alex Harrison, one of his many standouts, to league player of the year honors the following season. Harrison won the honor again in 2005, leading the Blue Devils to a second place finish and another appearance in the NEC Tournament.
From 1994 to 1997, as a member of the Mid-Continent Conference, Green built CCSU into a regional power, compiling a record of 51-27-7 (.641). Under Green, the Blue Devils played in four consecutive Mid-Continent championship matches, winning back-to-back conference championships (1994-95) and earning two NCAA play-in match berths - a 1-0 overtime loss to Notre Dame in 1994 and a 3-1 loss to Butler in 1995.
While at CCSU, Green's players have excelled as a unit and individually, with numerous players earning all-conference honors. In addition to coaching the two-time conference player of the year in Harrison, Green was also at the helm in 1995 when Steven Jarvis became the first player in school history to be named a Division I All-American. Meanwhile, 22 former Blue Devils have advanced to the professional ranks and numerous others have represented their respective nations in World Cup qualifying and at the World University Games. In the summer of 2007, Klukowski represented Great Britain at the latter in Bangkok, Thailand.
Green is the former Director of Coaching in Connecticut for the National Soccer Coaches of America (NSCAA) and has also served as the head coach of the Connecticut U-17 Olympic Development Team, which he led to the Region I Championship. He is currently the president of the International Coaches Association and formally served as the chairman of the NSCAA Regional Ranking Committee and chairman of the NCAA Coaches' Committee.
In addition to on-the-field work, Green is a worldwide leading author of soccer books and multimedia. He has published four coaching books and eight multimedia instructional coaching cds focusing on instructional coaching techniques. In addition, Green is the founder and President of the International Coaches Association (ICA), which is the world's largest coaching website.
Green, an associate professor at Central, received his tenure
from the University in 1991. He holds an NSCAA Advanced National
Coaching Diploma and a United States Soccer Federation 'A' License
and is a member of the English Football Association.
Coach Green, a 1985 graduate of Davis & Elkins (WV) College, lives in Southington with his wife, Laurie, and their sons, Kenneth, Shane and Adam.