Columbus State Mourns Loss of Herbert Greene

COLUMBUS, Ga.  – The Columbus State University athletic community is in mourning after the passing of longtime head men’s basketball coach and athletic director Herbert Greene. Greene passed away on Monday night at the age of 71.


The funeral will be held inside the Frank G. Lumpkin Jr. Center on Friday, July 17 at 11:00 a.m. The visitation will take place Thursday evening from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at McMullen Funeral Home.

“Coach Herbert Greene influenced and impacted every aspect of the Columbus State University athletics program and our athletics family,” said CSU Director of Athletics Todd Reeser. “The continued success of our programs and the tremendous facilities our student-athletes enjoy still today are a direct result of his encouragement and leadership. We will miss Coach Greene tremendously.”

Greene spent 25 seasons as the men’s basketball coach, as well as more than two decades in charge of the athletic department. The floor of the Frank G. Lumpkin Jr. Center was renamed in his honor on January 3, 2015.



During his coaching tenure, Greene, the school’s all-time leader in wins, compiled a record of 481 wins and 240 losses. In his 27 years as a college head coach he won 510 games and lost 270. Counting his stint as a high school coach he coached 974 games and he won 657 of them.

Coach Greene led the Cougars to nine NCAA Tournaments, including the last four years of his career. His teams won four Peach Belt Conference regular season titles. He won six Peach Belt Conferences Tournaments, while compiling a 29-9 record in PBC Tournament Play. At CSU, he had 11 seasons of at least 20 wins and 16 seasons with at least 19 wins. He was named the Atlanta Tip-Off Club College Coach of the Year for Georgia in 1992 and 2005.

Under his guidance as athletic director for more than two decades CSU become of the finest overall athletic programs in the county. Greene was elected into the Columbus State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.

During his time as CSU, Greene was one of the leaders in helping establish the Peach belt Conference. Columbus State became one of the seven charter member schools to create the league in 1990.

Following his time at Columbus State, Greene served as the head of the Columbus Sports Council.