Lumpkin Center Court to be Named After Cougar Legend Herbert Greene
Columbus – In honor of his 28 years of service as athletic director and men’s basketball coach, Columbus State University Director of Athletics Todd Reeser has announced the court of the Frank G. Lumpkin, Jr. Center will be named the Herbert Greene Court. Greene will be honored during the CSU basketball doubleheader against Francis Marion on January 3, 2015.
"Coach Herbert Greene's name has become synonymous with the growth and success of Columbus State University Athletics over the years,” said Reeser. “His successful coaching record while at CSU is well-documented, and his leadership of the overall athletic program during his tenure at CSU allowed our sport programs to flourish then, and now.
“It is our honor to recognize his legacy and impact on CSU Athletics by dedicating the Herbert Greene Court.”
"Herbert Greene is an integral part of Columbus State's history and the legacy of Cougar athletics," said Columbus State University President Tim Mescon. "I'm pleased the Lumpkin Center will have a permanent reminder of his contributions."
A 2008 inductee into the CSU Athletic Hall of Fame, Greene served as Columbus State’s men’s basketball coach from 1981-2006 and its athletic director from 1986-2009.
“I’m very honored and humbled,” commented Greene. “This would never have been possible without the great players and great assistant coaches I had. They made me a lot better coach, and the success that we had was because we worked together as a team and we loved CSU.”
“When I came here in 1981, I thought it would be just a brief stop in the road, but I fell in love with CSU and the people of Columbus. It’s the best thing that ever happened in my career and I loved every minute of it. I appreciate Todd Reeser and what he did to help make this possible, and of course before Todd, there was Jay Sparks, and I certainly appreciate what he did. I still get great pleasure out of watching and cheering for all the teams out there, and it’s still a big part of my life.”
Greene, the school’s all-time leader in wins, amassed a 481-240 record during his 25 years. He led the Cougars to four Peach Belt Conference regular season titles and nine NCAA Tournament appearances. His teams recorded 11 seasons of at least 20 wins and five others with 19.
In the postseason, Greene compiled a 29-9 record in PBC Tournament play, winning six of the 15 tournaments he coached in. No other school has won more than four titles.
“Coach Herbert Greene has been more than a mentor to me,” said current CSU head basketball coach Robert Moore, who served as Greene’s assistant for six years. “He is truly my best friend and seeing his name on the Lumpkin Center floor will motivate me to not take his legacy for granted. I will strive and work to make the Columbus State men's basketball program one of the best in the country.”
As the athletic director, Greene elevated Columbus State to one of the finest overall athletic programs in the country. During his 23-year tenure, Columbus State captured 48 conference championships and five national championships.