BALTIMORE – Jay Greene, one of the most successful and popular players in UMBC basketball history, has returned to his alma mater as an assistant men’s basketball coach, head coach Randy Monroe announced today. Greene replaces another UMBC alum, John Zito (’06) who has entered private business after three years on the staff.
“I’m really excited to have Jason be back and be a part of our staff,” Monroe said. “He is going to bring a tremendous amount of basketball knowledge to our staff, but above all, he has the ability to relate to the student-athletes at UMBC.”
The Whitehall, Pa. native has played the most basketball games, 122, and most minutes, 4,192, in Retriever basketball history from 2005-09. The two-time team captain dished out 683 assists, the most in school history, the third-most ever in America East Conference history and the third-most of any NCAA Division I player in the state of Maryland.
He scored 1,186 career points and was the Reggie Lewis Most Outstanding Player in the 2008 America East Tournament, leading the Retrievers to their first NCAA bid. In his junior season, Greene was the lone player in the nation to be ranked in the top five in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2nd, 3.47) and assists per game (4th, 7.2 per game).
Greene, who was named UMBC’s Outstanding Senior Athlete for 2008-09, earned three league citations in four seasons of competition. He was an All-Rookie team member in 2005-06, earned First-Team All-Conference honors in 2007-08 and second team honors in his senior campaign.
Greene earned his bachelor’s degree from UMBC in sociology in the spring of 2009. He spent the 2010-11 season at director of basketball operations at Rider University.