Davis Fills Vacancy On IU Staff

BLOOMINGTON-Former Florida Atlantic Head Coach and NBA player Sidney Green will round out Indiana basketball's coaching staff, IU Coach Mike Davis announced Tuesday.

Former Florida Atlantic Head Coach and NBA player Sidney Green will round out Indiana basketball's coaching staff, IU Coach Mike Davis announced Tuesday.

Green takes the position that opened when Thad Fitzpatrick left in the off-season. He is expected to arrive in Bloomington on Wednesday. Green gives Davis a third assistant who has Division I head coaching experience along with Kerry Rupp and Donnie Marsh.

Green most recently spent six years as the head coach at Florida Atlantic, where he compiled a 54-121 record in six seasons. He was let go by the administration after going 10-17 last season. Ironically, Green was fired by former IU Assistant Athletic Director Craig Angelos, who eventually replaced him with former North Carolina Coach Matt Doherty.

While Green's Florida Atlantic teams fell on hard times in recent years, he was named Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year after guiding the team to 19 wins, the conference championship, and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

A standout at UNLV in the early 1980s, Green spent 10 seasons in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic and San Antonio Spurs. The fifth overall pick in the 1984 draft by Chicago, Green's best season was in 1986 when he averaged 13.5 points and 8.2 rebounds for Chicago.

At UNLV, Green starred from 1980-83, scoring 2,073 career points and pulling down 1,276 rebounds. As a senior, Green averaged 22.1 points and 11.9 rebounds.

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