Shaun Green returns to the sidelines for his 29th season as head coach for the Central Connecticut State University men’s soccer program in 2013. Green was introduced as the Blue Devils’ head coach in 1985.
Last season the Blue Devils finished 8-8-2 overall and 6-3-1 in Northeast Conference action, good for a fourth place finish in the regular season standings. Senior Reece Wilson was named the NEC Player of the Year and led a group of four All-Conference selections. Wilson was also named a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American, becoming the first CCSU student-athlete to earn First Team honors at the Division I level. Wilson was joined by classmates Thomas Obasi and Jessie Menzies on the First Team All-Conference squad. Senior Steven Bailey was named to the Second Team.
In 2011, Green led the Blue Devils to a 10-8-1 (7-3 NEC) record which tied them for the NEC regular season championship. Green was recognized as NEC Coach of the Year after leading Central into the conference tournament for the fifth time in his career.
Green, a Newcastle, England native, has built a winning tradition on the New Britain campus over the past 28 years. In 2007, Green coached the Blue Devils to their first ever Northeast Conference Championship and first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. CCSU won the NEC Tournament as the four seed, beating both Monmouth and St. Francis (PA) in 1-0 matches. Coach Green’s team knocked off 15th ranked Harvard and 9th ranked Tulsa on route to the round of sixteen in the NCAA Tournament, a feat unmatched by any other CCSU team in the Division 1 era. The Blue Devils finished nationally ranked in the NSCAA poll for the first time in school history. A tactical innovator, Green’s tenure has helped the Blue Devil program rise to national prominence.
Under Coach Green’s guidance Robert Cavener led the NEC in assists as a junior, and was named a First Team All-NEC selection in 2009 and 2010. In addition, Cavener was recognized as an All-Region selection by the NSCAA in both seasons.