Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

High School Notebook; OP's Green Adds to the Coaching Carousel in Clay

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

High School Notebook; OP's Green Adds to the Coaching Carousel in Clay

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Byline: Justin Barney

Danny Green, one of the most successful football coaches in area history, resigned at Orange Park High School on Wednesday afternoon, possibly signaling an end to one of the top careers for an area football coach.

Green, 63, had just wrapped up his 31st season of coaching, and fifth at Orange Park, with a 3-7 record. His career record (254-106) ranks second locally behind only Bolles' Corky Rogers (423-73-1).

"I've been doing it a long time, commuting back and forth from Lake City to Orange Park, and it's taken a toll," Green said. "My goal now is to be a better husband, better father and a better grandfather. I need time to do it."

It was Green's fifth stop in a career that has taken him to Baker County, Haines City, Lake City Columbia (twice) and the Raiders as the head coach, and quite a few others as an assistant.

"I'm very blessed, I had great kids to work with, and I guess the thing that I really enjoyed was that I had the chance to work at four different high schools, had some real good success at all four schools," said Green, who started as a defensive coordinator alongside friend and former roommate, Bill Castle.

"I had different environments at four different parts of the state, different situations in each of those."

Green had a pair of state championship game appearances, none more memorable than 1991 at Haines City. The Hornets had 15 consecutive losing seasons. Green also took Columbia to the 1997 title game. He's best remembered for coaching 12 seasons at Columbia, where he compiled a 109-39 record in 12 years before being replaced by Craig Howard following an 8-4 season in 2007.

"We definitely appreciate everything he's done for us," said Orange Park athletic director Martin Aftuck. "Right now, we're going to take our time and let the process sort itself out."

Aftuck said that the Raiders would look both internally and out of the area for the school's next coach, and wouldn't rush the process. …

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