email@example.com — (Editor’s Note - More on the football coach’s hiring and some perceived controversy in the recent past will be featured in the weekend edition of the PV Democrat.)
It was quite a birthday present for Bill Green as on Wednesday he was officially hired to become Pauls Valley’s new head football coach.
Green and his wife Christie were all smiles as a 4-0 school board vote signals the start of his tenure as the Panthers’ top ball coach on the gridiron. He replaces John Inman, who is leaving to coach in Lindsay.
Green brings with him plenty of coaching experience, including nearly three decades in the world of high school football in Texas; something he believes will provide a boost to PV’s football program.
“I will bring a level of excellence and expections the community may not have had the opportunity to experience,” Green said.
“I’m excited to be here. I’m anticipating a lot of fun. We’ve been blessed and I look at this as an extra special blessing,” he said to board members moments after his hiring.
“I appreciate the opportunity to come back to our home state and bring Texas style football.”
Both Green and his wife attended Duncan High School, where he played on two state championship teams before graduating in 1979.
Then came a turning point in his life when a friend suggested he think about a career in coaching after he was recruited to play at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.
At the time Green was thinking about a career in law enforcement. Instead, he chose to follow the advice after switching over to attend Cameron University, where he played on the offensive and defensive lines.
“Somewhere in there I saw the thing that I wanted to do,” he said. “I had a vision, a goal of what I wanted to be. I walked into the coach’s office and said here I am.”
That choice was followed by 10 seasons of working as an assistant at a handful of different stops.
Green became the head football coach at Windthorst High School, located a few miles south of Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1994.
During his 18 seasons as coach Green finished with a 174-54 overall record. Along the way there were four state championship game appearances as Windthorst won it all with titles in 1996 and 2003.
After he was reassigned away from his head football coaching duties in 2012, Green spent last season as a line coach working for Gary Gaines at Permian High School in Odessa, Texas. Gaines is the coach who inspired the Friday Night Lights story.
With his move to Panther land now complete Green says he wants PV to “play a physical brand of football” as he plans to coach on both sides of the ball.
“The offense’s job is to protect the defense. You don’t see that a lot with today’s prolific offenses that score so quickly,” Green said.
“On offense we’re running the triple option read mixing in the play action pass.
“I believe in ball control offense, power, a quick passing game. I believe in having great special teams. I believe in having short fields and paying close attention to the kicking game.”
He describes his offensive attack as a “loose combination of the wishbone, Wing T and I formation.”
“Sometimes we’ll be in the spread. You’ll see some of the things Robert Griffin III does now.”
The last year Green was a head coach his team’s offense averaged just under 500 yards and 48 points a game.
Under Green the Panthers’ defense will work to stop multiple spread offenses.
“We’re going to have to run the football to win. We’ve also got to stop the ball defensively. If you don’t do it on either side you’re doomed,” he said, referring to the running game.