Men of Iberville Preview: Troy Green takes pride in giving back to his hometown

Andrew Green agreen@postsouth.com

White Castle High head boy’s basketball coach Troy Green was born and raised in White Castle, Louisiana, and he recently gave something back to the community which shaped him into the man he is today: a state title.  

Green attended Dorseyville Middle, is a 1995 graduate of White Castle High and was raised in Progressive Baptist Church.  He was also a standout player for White Castle High under former head coach Ronald Johnson.

After Green left White Castle, he accepted a full athletic scholarship to continue his play at Southeastern University, where he was a four-year starter for the basketball team.

He played point guard and tore up the record books during his stint.  He is currently ranked first in all-time three-pointers and broke the record for most three-pointers in a season.  He is currently ranked sixth overall in scoring in the school’s history, fourth in steals, fourth in assists and first in consecutive free-throws made.

Green considered playing basketball professionally overseas, but decided not to pursue it.  He instead earned his college degree and decided to work closer to home.

“I left it all on the court, and there wasn’t anything for me after that,” Green said.

After his years as a ball player ended, Green worked as an Admissions Counselor for Southeastern for about six months when he got a call from his old high school coach, Ronald Johnson.

“He said ‘you ought to get into coaching.  What do you think about coaching?’,” Green said.  “I thought about and it sounded like a good idea.”

So Green then returned to his hometown and worked as a substitute teacher in Iberville Parish.  He also took on the role as a volunteer assistant coach for the boy’s basketball team with Ronald Johnson in 2002.  During his first year as an assistant coach, Troy Green and Johnson’s team brought home a state title.

In 2003, Green was offered an assistant coaching job as Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth.  He worked there for a year then received an offer to be a head coach at Berwick High, which he gratefully took.

Green’s head-coaching road trip had him spend two years at Berwick, followed by two years at Lutcher, two years at Desire Street Academy, two years at Livonia High then one year at Donaldsonville.

His former mentor Johnson then announced his retirement after the 2012 season.  Green applied and was offered the position at his old stomping grounds.

“Johnson always said he wanted one of his guys to take the job after him,” Green said.  “I knew I had a shot to get it, and of course I wanted to be the guy that came back home and carry on the legacy.  It was a no-brainer.”

So his career road-trip came to an end where it all started.  Hanging in Green’s office is a picture of him as a young assistant coach with Ronald Johnson presenting the boy’s state championship team to the Iberville School Board.  Fifteen years later, in March 2017, Green presented his championship team to the Iberville School Board, but this time as head coach.

“It means so much to me being back in my hometown where I grew up and being in front of the people that helped raise me,” Green said.  “It’s big to give back to the community I got so much from.”

Green would be remiss to not give credit where credit is due, however.

“My mother, Joyce B. Green, was my biggest fan,” Green said.  “She was my inspiration and was always the proudest person.  I was her baby boy.  Ever since we won this title, people have come up to me and said ‘Joyce would be so proud of you right now’.

“She put me in my first basketball camp, drove me up and down the highway.  She put the ball in my hand.  I owe it all to her.”

When Troy is not on the basketball court, he is either meeting a friend on the tennis court or spending quality time with his family.

Green is the father of three children: his seven-year-old daughter Angelique, five-year-old son Troy Green, Jr., and three-year-old daughter Annalise.  He is married to the love of his life, Karen Green, whom he thanks so much for her love and support during his time away.

“That’s where all my time is,” Green said.  “I’m excited and they are excited that the season is over because they know daddy is back home.”

When asked what it meant to be named a Man of Iberville, Green said, “It means a lot because I’m a product of Iberville Parish.  This is a huge honor.  I don’t consider myself as anything other than just Troy, but I do understand that I have a role in the community.  I’m excited about this because I like to put in the same thing I got out of it.  I like to help others prosper.

“I love my upbringing.  I love my town.”