CSU coaching legend Herb Greene passes away

CSU coaching legend Herb Greene passes away

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Long-time Columbus State basketball coach Herb Greene died Monday night after battling heart issues the past few months.

Greene was 71.

The Eufaula native took CSU basketball to a new level after taking over the Cougar program in 1981, racking up a 481-240 record in 25 seasons at the helm, the winningest coach in school history.

Greene led the Cougars to four Peach Belt Conference regular season titles, six conference tournament titles, nine trips to the NCAA tournament with 11 20-win seasons.

The 2008 inductee into the CSU Sports Hall of Fame had the court at the Lumpkin Center named in his honor in January.

"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," Greene said in a statement released by CSU announcing the court dedication. "It's the best thing that ever happened in my career and I loved every minute of it."

He was also athletic director  at CSU for 23 years, and was executive director of the Columbus Sports Council after retiring from Columbus State.

Greene also was a head coach at Auburn-Montgomery and Walker County High School in Alabama.

He was an assistant at Auburn, his alma mater, acting as top recruiter for head coach Sonny Smith, credited with bringing Charles Barkley to the Plains.

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