Ron Greene – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
Basketball Coach, 1965-97
Loyola University/University of New Orleans
As UNO’s first-ever basketball coach, Ron Greene compiled a 146-65 (.692) record in eight seasons (1969-1977). Four of his teams qualified for NCAA Division II tournaments, finishing fourth in the nation in 1974 and second in 1975. Greene remains UNO’s all-time winningest men’s basketball coach. He was twice named Louisiana Collegiate Coach of the Year.
In the Privateers second season as a program, Greene led them to a No. 1 national Associated Press (AP) ranking in 1970-71. They climbed as high as No. 15 in 1973-74 and No. 2 in 1974-75.
Greene, a native of Terre Haute, Ind., also served as Athletic Director at UNO and paved the way for the Privateers’ move up to Division I for the 1975-1976 school year as well as their move into the Sun Belt in 1976-77. He was inducted into the UNO Hall of Fame in 1989.
His coaching career began at Loyola University as an assistant coach in 1965. After one year as an assistant, he served as the Wolfpack’s head coach for two years before moving on to UNO.
After his time at UNO, Greene also coached at Mississippi State (1977-78), earning SEC Coach of the Year honors in his only season, Murray State (1978-85) and Indiana State (1985-89).
Born December 29, 1938 in Terre Haute, Ind., Greene died on March 31, 2021 at the age of 82.