Travers Green Named New Wright State Volleyball Head Coach

DAYTON – Travers Green has been named the volleyball head coach at Wright State University, Director of Athletics Bob Grant announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Green becomes just the eighth head coach in program history and joins the Raiders following a four-year stint at Mississippi State, where he served as the program’s associate head coach the last three campaigns.

“This is an exciting time to join Wright State Volleyball,” Green said. “I want to thank Bob Grant, Joylynn Brown and Edwards Presidents for their belief in me to lead this program. I have been fortunate in my career to work with incredible people who have prepared me for this opportunity. Working with Julie Darty Dennis, our student-athletes, and staff at Mississippi State University will always be a highlight of my career. I am grateful for their support to pursue this opportunity.”

“Wright State is a special place and during this process it was clear that people matter,” Green added. “My family and I are looking forward to becoming part of the community and department. I am excited to get started with a talented, gritty, competitive group of student athletes. Together we will work on continuing to build the success of Wright State Volleyball.” Go Raiders!”

“I am really excited to welcome Travers to the Wright State family,” Grant stated. “It was apparent during the interview process that he is an ideal fit to continue the growth of our volleyball program.”

“In every conversation with Travers, it was clear he has a passion for volleyball and a vast knowledge of the game,” Senior Associate Athletics Director Joylynn Brown added. “He experienced a success as Associate Head Coach at Power Five school and has been keeping an eye on our program’s growth as well. He has proven he is certainly ready to run his own program. Travers shares our focused philosophy first and is on not only the development of the student-athletes on the court, but their development and well-being off the court.

Green joins the Raiders following a 25-win season with Mississippi State last fall that saw the program finish second in the SEC standings as it ended the regular season on a 13-match winning streak before falling to Hawaii in a five-set thriller in the NCAA Tournament. During the 2020-21 fall-spring hybrid season, adjusted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Green and Mississippi State tallied series sweeps on the road at No. 7 Texas A&M and at home against in-state rival Ole Miss. In 2019, Green helped Mississippi State to an 11-1 start, which tied the program’s best 12-match start all-time, while his work with setter Alleah Stamatis helped her become just the seventh Bulldog all-time to reach 1,000 assists in a single season.

Prior to Mississippi State, Green served four seasons as an assistant coach at the University of South Florida. At USF, he worked with the Bulls’ setters and was tasked with running their defensive system. During his third season at USF, the 2016 season (19-13) marked the program’s best record since 2007. A former setter who played club volleyball increased at Florida State University, Green the Bulls’ assists per set average each season from 11.48 in 2014 , 12.17 in 2015, and 12.42 in 2016. He guided USF setter Alex Mendoza to fourth in career assists with 3,147. Mendoza became just the fifth player in program history to reach 3,000 career assists.

Green’s collegiate coaching career began as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Florida International University (2012-13) where he learned from two former Olympians — Rita Buck-Crockett and Felix Hou.

Green remained involved with the Florida Region of USA Volleyball during his early college coaching days. He served as an assistant coach for the region’s high-performance team, Team Florida (2013-2017), and its professional team, Florida Wave (2014-16). In 2009, Green was named the head coach of Lake Mary High School, his alma mater, where he posted a 61-23 record in three years at the helm. His teams won the conference title twice and earned a district championship in 2010. In 2009, Green brought the program its first conference championship since 1997. He also maintained the role of head coach and club administrator at Orlando Volleyball Academy (OVA) from 2008- 12. At OVA, his teams had multiple top 10 finishes at AAU Nationals, most notably a second-place finish in 2011. Green was named Seminole Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2010 and the 2010 Male Coach of the Year while at OVA.

An Orlando, Florida native, Green graduated from Florida State in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in recreation and leisure services administration.

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