The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) has honored Liberty Women's Basketball Head Coach Carey Green with the 2019 Kay Yow Heart of a Coach Award.
Named for the late NC State coaching icon Kay Yow, the award is presented annually by FCA to honor a basketball coach who has exemplified biblical principles over the course of his or her career. Yow, who passed away from breast cancer in 2009, was presented with the inaugural award at the 2008 Women's Final Four in Tampa.
"All of us at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes are thrilled to honor Liberty women's basketball coach Carey Green, who has displayed the FCA values of integrity, serving, teamwork and excellence throughout his career," said Shane Williamson, FCA President and CEO. "The greatest influence in an athlete's life is a coach, and there is no greater calling for Christ-following coaches than to influence their players for Jesus."
Green recently wrapped up his 20th season as Liberty's head coach, guiding the Lady Flames to the title game of the ASUN Women's Basketball Championship during the team's first year as a conference member. The winningest coach in program history, Green owns a career record of 456-184 and ranks 16th among active NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches for winning percentage.
Green has coached the Lady Flames to 14 NCAA Tournament appearances and two Postseason WNIT berths while recording 16 20-win seasons. He is a five-time Big South Coach of the Year and a five-time Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) State Coach of the Year.
The Lady Flames have not only gotten the job done on the hardwood under Green's tutelage but have also excelled in the classroom. Liberty has ranked in the top 15 nationally for team GPA five times during Green's leadership.
Green is a native of Louisville, Tenn. He and his wife, Denise, reside in the Lynchburg area and have two children and five grandchildren.
Liberty Director of Player Development Dan Lumpkin stated that Green "faithfully intertwines the teachings of the Holy Scriptures into team meetings, practices and games and knows that his purpose is ultimately a higher calling than simply coaching basketball. He cares deeply for the hearts of the young ladies he coaches and mentors and knows that the most important lessons he can teach them deal with their spiritual well-being and their future in the Kingdom of God."
Green will be officially honored with the award April 7 at the FCA/Kay Yow Heart of a Coach Breakfast at the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBC) Convention in Tampa, Fla.
FCA Kay Yow Heart of a Coach Award Winners 2008 – Kay Yow, NC State 2009 – Jane Albright, Nevada 2010 – Nancy Wilson, College of Charleston 2011 – Sue Ramsey, Ashland 2012 – Deb Patterson, Kansas State 2013 – Sue Semrau, Florida State 2014 – Kristy Curry, Alabama 2015 – Matt Bollant, Illinois 2016 – Kirk Martin, Cedarville 2017 – Julie Goodenough, Abilene Christian 2018 – Lynn Plett, Colorado Springs 2019 – Carey Green, Liberty
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