Herbert Greene (1944-2015) passed away in July of 2015, leaving behind a lasting legacy at Columbus State University and in PBC men’s basketball. The head coach at CSU for 25 years, he also served for 28 years as the athletic director.
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 PBC Coach of the Year twice and 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. The court at the Frank G. Lumpkin arena was named in his honor in January of 2015.
Coach Greene and the Cougars celebrate winning the 2003 PBC Tournament championship.