Green Guides United with Confidence and Passion in Repeat Races

It’s hard to get David Green to talk about himself.

Ask him a question about training adjustments, and he’ll likely burst into a 10-minute sermon praising his players.

But when Beaumont United were on the verge of being knocked out by several points in the playoffs, it was Green who led these Timberwolves to another title with the perfect blend of poise and passion. Green now has three state championships as a head coach, but this latest ring represents his best work yet.

“I train them hard because I expect perfection,” Green said after United’s Class 5A Championship win over Mansfield Timberview. “I do this because I love my players, and they can be real with me too.”

When United players talk about Green, they talk about confidence and conviction. Terrance Arceneaux and Kayde Dotson, the two heroes of Saturday’s win, each used those words to describe the relationship with their coach.

Green certainly trusted Arceneaux. Even after the senior forward struggled to score for most of Saturday’s state title game, Green put the ball in the hands of Arceneaux late in the season.

Green also showed his confidence in Dotson, allowing the second-year keeper to lead the attack for around three-and-a-half quarters as Masnfield Timberview grabbed other United players.

“Coach Green gave me confidence, so I’m just grateful to have secured two (championships) for him,” Dotson said.

Repeating as a champion is one of the hardest things to do in sports. You get the best shot of everyone every night. You can’t sneak up on someone.

After last year’s Championship – United’s first as a school – it might have been easy for the Timberwolves to lose focus at certain points in the season. There were a few slip-ups early in the season, but Green wanted his team to be tested against the best of the best.

United played in domestic tournaments and had their ups and downs, losing three games before the start of district matches. After a perfect season in 2020-21, Green didn’t care at all about losing games in November and December. He was preparing his team for March.

“You play these games for times like this,” Green said as he sat next to the state championship trophy.

The Timberwolves made it easier for most of their District 21-5A opponents during the regular season. All early losses were well in the past.

Then the playoffs came and United faced a gauntlet of title-threatening teams.

A regional quarterfinal game with Goose Creek Memorial went to triple overtime. The Region III title match against Crosby came at the last minute, and then United needed another late comeback to defeat Dallas Kimball in the state semi-final. Even in the state championship, nothing was decided until the final buzzer sounded.

United never struggled and were flawless in late game situations. These are the telltale signs of excellent coaching. Meanwhile, other coaches made mistakes at the state tournament.

Kimball manager Nick Smith failed to slow play in the final two minutes while leading by several possessions against United. Smith said after the game that it was a mistake and he “did out”.

United never made those mistakes, relying on Green’s leadership at every turn. Like when Green opted to team up with Kimball guard Arterio Morris in the final moments, taking the Knights completely off their rhythm.

But Green isn’t necessarily what you would call a true X and Os trainer. In fact, it’s often assistant coach Tramaine Hancock who writes plays during timeouts.

Green’s best attribute is his ability to build relationships with players. He earns their trust, then figures out exactly how to make the most of it.

For me, that’s exactly what makes Green the perfect coach for a team like United. The Timberwolves have so much talent that sometimes the Xs and O’s aren’t that important. Green was able to ensure that in a team full of future Division I players, none of them ever let their ego show.

Look in southeast Texas at the teams that have advanced far in this playoff. Silsbee has an amazing trainer in Joe Sigler. United have the green. Both wore their previous state championship rings during tournament games at the Alamodome, a clever reminder of their accomplishments.

It’s no coincidence that Southeast Texas’ top two coaches brought their teams to the state tournament. I know André Boutte might have something to say about that. The West Brook coach watched from the sidelines during the state tournament and was honored with the state champion team at Port Arthur Lincoln in 1995.

Green has been all over Southeast Texas. He made stops at Kountze, Beaumont Central and Port Arthur Memorial, but before United, Green was best known for his time at North Shore.

He won a state championship with the Mustangs in 2014 and arrived at United for the school’s first season in 2017-18. Winning titles at two different schools is something few coaches can say.

Now with back-to-back championships at Beaumont, Green continues to prove himself among the state’s top coaches.

Matt Faye is a sportswriter and columnist for Beaumont Enterprise. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter by clicking here.

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