Written by Shelly Poe
The late Clyde "Hard Times" Green helped the WVU basketball team to a 78-12 record from 1946-49 in his four years on the court. Known for his defensive dogging and playmaking ability, Green was on teams that strung together a 43 game home winning streak.
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The former East Bank High all state guard played with All Americans Leland Byrd and Fred Schaus and scored 381 career points in 74 career starts for the Mountaineers. Green's top scoring performance came against BYU in 1947 when he scored a career high 17 points.
The Crown Hill, W.Va., native played a year in the All American Basketball League for the Wheeling Blues before trading in his jersey for a clipboard, coaching a total of 25 years at three different high schools.
Green, who served four years in the U.S. Army, took Romney High to the Class AA state championship with a 27-0 record before becoming boys' head basketball coach at Morgantown High. He coached the Mohigans for 13 seasons before his retirement in 1981. In 1978, he coached the MHS girls' basketball team and led them to the school's first class AAA title with a 23-1 record.
Green is a member of the WVU 1946-55 all-time team and was inducted into the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. Green died December 8, 2002, at age 75. He is survived by his wife Rhea, son Mike and daughter Kelly Jenkins, all of whom live in Morgantown.