Barrington native hired as new Brown basketball coach
Katie Greene is already fielding the ticket requests.
The Barrington native recently accepted a job as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team at Brown University, and is excited about having the opportunity to return “home” to Rhode Island. She’s also trying to figure out how she’ll be able to round up enough tickets for family and friends who want to watch the Brown home games this winter.
“I’m really excited,” Ms. Greene said during a recent interview. “It’s really nice to be back in Rhode Island.”
Ms. Greene grew up on a quiet sidestreet near Barrington Beach. The youngest of three, she played her high school basketball in the shadows of her two brothers — Eric and Pat.
“I owe a lot to my brothers,” she said. “They taught me everything I know about basketball. They taught me my first jumpshot.”
When she wasn’t playing basketball in front of her house, young Katie Greene was traveling all over the state with her mom to watch Eric and Pat play in games. She grew to love the game, and was happy when she graduated from Barrington High School and brought her game to the next level.
“I went to college and I knew I wanted to make a name for myself,” she said.
Ms. Greene played basketball, softball and soccer at Pine Manor College, and became the first student-athlete at that school’s history to earn 12 career varsity letters. In 2003, the same year she graduated, she received the athletic department’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
After graduating, Ms. Greene took a job as an assistant coach at Simmons College and was later hired at Newbury College. In seven years as the women’s basketball coach at Newbury, the former Barrington standout helped lead the college team to its most wins in a single season and most total wins. She led Newbury College to its first-ever New England Collegiate Conference playoff win and final four appearance. She was named Newbury College employee of the year in 2010.
Most recently, Ms. Greene served as an assistant coach with the New England Thunder, a women’s semi-pro basketball team. Throughout her entire coaching journey, the Barrington product has always wanted to land a job in Division I basketball.
“The first place I looked was at Brown,” she said.
The school formally announced its newest assistant basketball coach earlier this month. Ms. Greene will join an experienced staff, including head coach Jean Marie Burr, who has led the Brown Bears for the last 26 years. The Bears have 12 returning players and three talented newcomers and are looking to capture their seventh Ivy League Championship in program history.
“Coach Burr has had a lot of success here,” Ms. Greene said, adding that she believes another Ivy League title is well within this team’s reach.
Coach Burr said the Brown University team will benefit from Ms. Greene’s hard work ethic and experience.
“We are excited to have such a successful basketball coach join our staff,” said Burr. “Coach Greene has an established reputation as a strong recruiter and dynamic teacher in New England. Her time as a post player and head coach will be a resource for player development. When you meet her it is easy to see her contagious energy, strong work ethic and positive approach, and we were struck by her focus on what we term a ‘championship’ mentality.”
Ms. Greene and the team’s two other assistant coaches will soon shift their focus on recruiting, as they travel to a series of summer basketball tournaments across the country. Ms. Greene said she will be making stops in Washington, D.C., Maryland and the Chicago area this month. She said she’s also excited to get a closer look at some of the girls playing high school basketball in Rhode Island and at Barrington High School.
“I’m definitely going to come and take a look, that’s for sure. They (the Eagles) have had a lot of success,” she said.
Ms. Greene, who has been living in Boston, said she’s also excited to spend a bit more time with her family. Her mother lives in Rumford, while Eric lives in the East Bay and works in Providence. Pat lives in Barrington and also works at Brown.
“The support has been great, from family and friends. Everyone’s really excited,” she said. “Pat was so excited. He wants to meet up on Thayer Street for lunch.”