Newman women’s basketball coach Jaime Green resigned Wednesday night after two highly successful and sometimes controversial seasons with the Jets to take an assistant coach position at Missouri Southern State, her alma mater, and to work for her college coach, Maryann Mitts.
Green went 42-14 in her time at Newman, won two Heartland Conference titles and, this season, led the Jets to their first NCAA Division II Tournament appearance.
Green’s tenure at Newman was also marked by an infraction reported to the NCAA where Green asked a player to pay for two Division I transfers’ parking fines at their schools because, the player said, Green paying for the fines would be a violation of NCAA rules.
Green admitted to the violation and served a one-game suspension in December. The program also self-imposed a penalty of a loss of two book scholarships and a reduction to eight recuiting visits. The NCAA has yet to formally rule on the violations.
Also, two Newman’s players – Kellindra Zackery and Alex Adekunle – were arrested on multiple drug charges in December for allegedly selling cocaine and marijuana, and Adekunle is set to stand trial next month.
On March 23, working on a tip, I texted Green to ask if she’d accepted an assistant coach position at Missouri Southern, she replied: “I am the Head Coach at Newman University.”
Green responded to a phone message Thursday afternoon via text, saying that she couldn’t speak today because she had family and other company with her, but offered to answer questions through text message. Here’s the exchange: