Jason Green enters his second year as an assistant soccer coach at the University of Colorado. He serves as the Buffs' goalkeeper director.
In his first season with the Buffs, the team earned an 8-8-4 record and had its best defensive performance since 2007. Colorado began its season with a record-setting three shutouts on its way to eight total, tying for fourth in the Pac-12 Conference and tying sixth best all-time at CU.
Green helped coach keepers Annie Brunner and Kayla Millar to a 1.08 goals-against average, good enough for fifth best in program history. Both keepers shined in the net, with Brunner earning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors at the beginning of the season and Millar earning CU Athlete of the Week honors at its conclusion.
In Green's first season working with Brunner, she improved her stats drastically in every single category. Her GAA when from 1.69 in 2011 to 1.14 in 2012, raising her save percentage of .635 in 2011 up to .753 in 2012 and registering 70 saves in 2012, up from 40 in 2011. Brunner was also more durable, playing in over 550 more minutes than she did in 2011. She also crushed her shutout mark of two (2011), notching eight in 2012.
"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 Buffaloes, 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 overlooking and 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 15 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.