Jan. 7, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University head football coach Bill Doba today announced the appointment of Cougar All-American defensive back Ken Greene as WSU's secondary coach.
Greene joined the Cougar staff after three seasons at Purdue University and six years at Fresno State.
"First of all, Ken Greene is a good coach," Doba said. "Everyone we checked who has worked with Ken or who he worked for has nothing but good things to say about him. He is an excellent recruiter and he is a Cougar. We want to get those Cougars back in the program. In addition he played with Mike Levenseller (at WSU) and that will make for good chemistry in the staff room."
Greene starred for WSU in the mid-1970's, playing with, among others, Jack Thompson, Dan Doornink, Don Hover, Don Schwartz and Levenseller.
After earning All-America first team honors in 1977, Greene was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by St. Louis. He was the 19th player taken in the opening round. That spring eight members of the 1977 Cougar team were drafted by NFL clubs.
Greene spent five seasons with the Cardinals, then played two years, 1983-84, for the San Diego Chargers. When he retired before the 1985 season, he had made 518 tackles and picked off 15 interceptions. While with St. Louis, he led the Cardinals in tackles twice, 1979 with 114 and 1981 with 143. He also led the club in interceptions in 1981 with seven. In a 1979 game against Buffalo, Greene picked off three passes and recovered a fumble.
After spending several years in the construction business, Greene began his coaching career in 1994, spending one season as an assistant at Valley View High in Caldwell, Idaho. He then joined the staff of head coach Jim Sweeney at Fresno State, spending the 1995 season as a graduate assistant before serving for four years as a defensive coach. During his FSU tenure he was both a linebacker coach and a secondary coach. Sweeney was WSU's head coach during Greene's first two seasons on the Pullman campus. In 1997 current Bulldog head coach Pat Hill took over for the retiring Sweeney and he retained Greene for three seasons.
In 2000, Greene reunited with former Cougar assistant Joe Tiller at Purdue, serving three years as the Boilermakers' secondary coach. Tiller was the Cougar assistant who recruited Greene out of Omak High in 1974. Defensively Purdue never finished out of the top 40 nationally in both total defense and pass defense. The Boilermakers played in bowl games each of Greene's three years on the staff, including the 2001 Sun Bowl against Washington State.
"It will be nice to get back to my family," said Greene, whose youngest daughter Melanie is a member of WSU's volleyball team. His other two daughters, Lindsey and Jennifer, attend Azusa Pacific College in Southern California. His parents live in Lewiston, Idaho.
"It's all-around a great opportunity for me, to go back to my alma mater, work for a great man in Bill Doba and follow my daughter's volleyball career," he added "They lose five seniors and are expecting big things out of her next season."
Doba has indicated he expects to name several additional assistants later this week to join the members of the staff remaining at WSU - Mike Levenseller (receivers, offensive coordinator), Mike Walker (defensive tackles), Rob Akey (defensive ends, defensive coordinator) and Robin Pflugrad (tight ends, recruiting coordinator).