Jason Green enters his fourth year as an assistant soccer coach at the University of Colorado. He serves as the Buffaloes’ goalkeeper director.
In his first three seasons with the Buffs, he helped the team to a 36-22-7 combined record and its best defensive starts in program history. In 2012, the Buffs set a record with three shutouts at the start of the season. In 2013, the Buffs shattered that record by shutting out their first five opponents, on their way to nine total clean sheets (tying for fifth best all-time). Last season, CU’s defense was clutch once again, tying a program record with 12 shutouts.
Green has helped the Buffs to back-to-back 14 win seasons and two straight NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2013, the Buffs matched their best postseason finish, defeating back-to-back ranked opponents on their way to the Sweet 16 and last season, CU advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after defeating 15th-ranked BYU, 2-0, in cold, snowy conditions at Prentup Field.
As the goalkeeper director, Green has helped the net minders to a combined goals-against average of 1.10 or better. Last season, CU’s goalies combined for a stellar 0.76 average. Green’s work has solidified Annie Brunner as one of the program’s best keepers. In his two seasons working with Brunner, her stats drastically improved in every category. Her GAA went from 1.69 in 2011 to 1.11 in 2013 and her save percentage increased from .635 in ’11 to .770 in ’13. Brunner also more than doubled her total saves from 40 in 2011 to 87 in 2013. With Green’s assistance, Brunner claimed two Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors and earned a spot in the top five of every career goalkeeping statistical category at CU. Last year, Green helped develop Kate Scheele into one of the top goalkeepers in the Pac-12 during the 2014 season. Scheele shutout 11 opponents, third-best in the conference and ranked in the Pac-12’s top six in save percentage (.821), saves (22), and goals-against average (0.76).
“Because of Jason’s complete understanding of the game, he brings a refreshing perspective to goalkeeping,” Brunner said. “Too many coaches these days focus on just the technique of our position and end up losing sight of the bigger picture – keeping the ball out of the net. While those coaches end up criticizing your every move, Jason uniquely understands that with repetition and feedback I'll make the most progress. He offers advice based off his knowledge of field player behavior combined with goalkeeper technique, which together elevate my understanding of the position and help me to perform my best on game day.”
Prior to joining the Buffs, he was an assistant for Danny Sanchez at the University of Wyoming. In Green’s four year tenure at Wyoming, the Cowgirls were 36-34-11. He helped coach 18 Academic All-Mountain West Conference and nine Conference Scholars. In 2011, he helped coach the Cowgirls to a school record 12 wins and the program's first ever spot in the MWC Tournament championship game.
At Wyoming, Green brought the goalkeeping position to a new level, as almost every record was broken while he was training the goalkeepers. Under Green’s tutelage, Courtney Merkle ended her collegiate career ranked at the top of school season and career record books for GAA and minutes played. Merkle also ranks second all-time in saves.
Green was also on Sanchez’s staff at Mesa Community College and the duo has worked together on a number of club teams and summer camps.
He has held two high school head coaching jobs, the first at Skyline High School in Mesa, Ariz., and the second at Chandler (Ariz.) High School. Green was named Region Coach of the Year at both posts and at Chandler his teams won three straight NSCAA National Academic Awards.
In his 16 year coaching career in college, high school and club soccer, Green has coached five state championship teams, six region champions, four district champions and five conference titlists.
He was mentored by Aidan Davison, a former goalkeeper in the English Premier League and the first team coach in the English Premier League.
“Having worked with Jason I have seen firsthand the quality he brings to the program, he has an added dimension of understanding the goalkeeping role and the requirements of the position,” Davison said. “Jason is a bright young coach with a big future."
Green holds a United States Soccer Federation “A” License and a USSF National Goalkeeping License. He also has attended the Manchester United Coaches Symposium.
Green started his collegiate playing career at Mesa C.C. under Sanchez where they were ranked as high as second in the nation. He continued his career at Grand Canyon (Ariz.) University, where he helped lead the team to a No. 2 national ranking and to the championship game of the California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament.
He earned his bachelor’s in physical education from Ottawa (Ariz.) University in 2003 and completed his master’s in physical education from Arizona State University in 2008.