Francesca Green, 29, is in her second year as the Director of Operations for Cross Country and Track and Field at the University of Arizona, where she oversees the day-to-day operations and daily administrative functions of the Wildcat cross country and track and field programs. Green relocated to Tucson in August of 2004 to continue her competitive training with Head Coach Fred Harvey and also worked as a marketing associate for Wildcat Athletics.
Green came to Arizona from Purdue, where she spent the 2004 season as a volunteer assistant coach, assisting Head Coach Lissa Olson with sprints and jumps athletes. The main reason for her stay in West Lafayette was to train for the 2004 Olympic Trials in the long jump. Green finished in 18th place at the trials, but her season PR mark of 6.41m (21’11/2) ranked 15th in the country during the 2004 season.
Prior to her work at Purdue, Green spent eight years both as a student-athlete and coach at Washington State. Her collegiate coaching career began in August 2000, after Cougars Head Coach Rick Sloan named her assistant coach in charge of the men and women sprinters.
In 2003, Green guided Washington State's women's 4x400 team to All-America status, as they finished seventh (3:35.49) at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Her 4x400 team later went on to place third at the Pac-10 Outdoor Championships and finished runner-up at the NCAA West Regional Championships. Green's women's 4x100 relay squad also scored at the Pac-10 Championships, placing sixth with a time of 45.49.
Green led Washington State's men's sprinters and relays to a pair of outdoor Pac-10 titles and a runner-up showing in 2003. Anthony Buchanan won the 100 title, clocking a time of 10.10, and the 4x100 relay crossed first in 39.68. NCAA Regional qualifier Bennie Chatman placed behind Buchanan in the 100 (10.12) and earned the bronze at regionals, coming in at 10.48.
In 2002, Green had two sprinters compete at NCAA Championships, Anson Henry at the indoor meet in the 60 (3rd, 6.66) and Buchanan at the outdoor meet in the 100. Henry continued to train with Green during the 2003 season, and went on to place second at Canadian Nationals in the 100 (10.04). Henry also competed for the Canadian National Team at the Pan-Am Games and World Championships in 2002.
As an athlete, Green was one of the most versatile, accomplished and decorated track and field athletes in Washington State track and field history. She won the Pac-10 long jump titles in both 1996 and 1998, and earned All-America honors from her 1996 NCAA outdoor and 1997 NCAA indoor long jump competition. A sprinter and jumper in the high, long and triple jump events, Green scored 21.5 of WSU's 123 points at the 1999 Pac-10 Championships. She ran the anchor leg of WSU's record-setting 4x100 relay team (44.50) in 1999.
A star in the classroom, she was selected as a GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American, to the Pac-10 All-Academic Team, and earned Senior Excellence in Academics honors. She was selected Student-Athlete Advisory Board Outstanding Senior, earned the Eagle Hardware and Garden Academic Salute Trophy, was selected for the WSU President's Award for Leadership and was honored with an Arthur Ashe, Jr., Award.
A 1995 graduate of Kamiakin High in Kennewick, Wash., Green received her bachelor's degree in kinesiology from WSU in 1998 and her master's in education with an emphasis in athletic administration from WSU in 2000.