Tide Coach Retires At End Of 2010

Judy Green has announced that she will retire as The University of Alabama head volleyball coach after the 2010 season. Green, the Crimson Tide's longest tenured volleyball coach, is preparing for her 15th season at the Capstone.

"I have been very fortunate in my coaching career to work at two outstanding universities with the pinnacle being The University of Alabama," Judy Green said. "I have, however, decided at this time to announce my coaching retirement from Alabama at the end of the 2010 season.

"This decision was certainly not an easy one to reach because of my deep love and utmost respect for coaching and for The University. Representing the Crimson Tide and competing at the highest level in the nations' most successful athletic conference, the SEC, has brought me much joy and I am very proud of what I have been able to accomplish with the volleyball program here.

"The foundation is built and with the opening of Foster Auditorium it is a great time for a new coach to make a mark and continue to move the volleyball program forward on a national level, and I know Coach Mal Moore will be able to attract another outstanding coach."

Under Green's direction, Alabama has made three NCAA Tournament appearances, including the school's first in 2005, followed by bids in 2006 and 2007. She has also coached the Tide to a pair of Southeastern Conference Western Division titles in 2000 and 2004 and the championship game of the final SEC tournament in 2005. Prior to Alabama, Green coached at the University of Montevallo for 10 seasons, leading them to seven top-10 NAIA finishes.

"I have spoken with Coach Green several times over the past week and she indicated to me over the course of those talks that she would like to retire after this coming season," Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore said. "We are certainly appreciative of all her contributions to The University of Alabama, the Athletics Department and our volleyball program, which she has taken to a new level."

Green has coached Crimson Tide athletes to three AVCA All-America, two AVCA All-Region, five AVCA All-District and 21 All-SEC honors. In the classroom, Green's squads have earned team grade point averages of 3.0 or better 27 of 28 semesters as well as posting the highest team GPA of any NCAA Division I volleyball team in 2000. Her athletes have earned one CoSIDA Academic All-America, 10 CoSIDA Academic All-District and 61 SEC Academic Honor Roll accolades.

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