HOUSTON – For more than two decades, Tommy Green’s name was synonymous with Southern University men’s basketball, as a player, an assistant coach and a head coach.
On Thursday night, the Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame will welcome Green – posthumously – along with eight new members, who will be enshrined on Thursday, Dec. 1 at The Westin Galleria in Houston, Texas.
The induction is set to begin with a reception at 6 p.m.
Green starred at Southern as a four-year starter under head coach Carl Stewart from 1974-1978. During his career at Southern, Green scored over 1,000 points and helped guide the Jaguars to a 23-5, 9-3 record as a co-captain as a senior in 1977-78. The Jaguars finished as the SWAC regular season co-champions and Green earned an All-SWAC selection. For his career, Green shot just under 53 percent from the field and 74 percent from the free throw line.
The McKinley High product was a second-round draft pick of the New Orleans Jazz where he played for three season before returning to Baton Rouge to join the high school coaching ranks. Green was one of four Jaguars from the ’78 team who were selected in the NBA Draft.
Green went on to spend several season as legendary head coach Ben Jobe’s top assistant and was on the coaching staff that witnessed Southern upset No. 3 seed Georgia Tech in the first round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament in Tucson, Ariz.
In 1996, Green was named Jobe’s successor and took over as head coach for the Jaguars where he compiled a 74-64 overall record in five seasons. Green’s 1999 and 2000 teams finished as the league’s tournament runner-up. Current head coach and interim athletic director Roman Banks served as a member of Green’s coaching staff along with Earnest Hamilton and credits the Baton Rouge native for having a direct impact on Banks’ coaching career as one of his closest mentors and friends.
Green, who is a 1991 member of the SU Sports Hall of Fame, passed away in 2015 and is survived by his wife, Sabrina, and their two children, Lesley and Ikie.
Among the eight other SWAC Hall of Fame inductee joining Green of Fame include current Texas Southern volleyball head coach Jocelyn Tatum-Adams (Prairie View A&M), Garland D. Boyette (Grambling State), Eugene Sanders (Mississippi Valley State), Dante’ Wesley (Arkansas-Pine Bluff), longtime public address announcer, Emanuel F. Barnes (Alcorn State), Jessie Conerly (Alcorn State), Tommy Funchess (Jackson State), and Sidney James (Auburn University at Montgomery).
The newest members of the Hall of Fame were selected from a list of nominees who were submitted by his or her respective institution. The nominees were then elected for induction by the selection committee from members appointed by SWAC Presidents and Chancellors.