Courtesy: Zach Lawson, Athletic Media Relations
Associate head coach Rolando Greene begins his 16th season at the University of Arkansas with the start of the 2011-12 season. Charged with handling the sprints, hurdles, horizontal jumps and multis corps for the Razorbacks, under Greene's tutelage the Razorbacks are moving to the front of the pack among the NCAA and the SEC in the women's sprints and relays.
During his 20-plus years of coaching on the collegiate level, Greene has guided 82 All-Americans, six Olympians and three student-athletes who have competed at the World Championships. During Greene's 15-year tenure at Arkansas, he has coached four student-athletes to five NCAA event titles, five Olympians, 15 SEC Champions, 28 athletes who have earned 86 All-America honors, two SEC Runners of the Year and an SEC co-Freshman Runner of the Year and two U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) South Central Region Runners of the Year.
Additionally, his student-athletes have competed at the World Junior Championships, the World University Games, the Pan Am Games, the NACAC U-23 Championships and the Senior Central American Championships. He has served on the coaching staffs for the Central American Championships and the NACAC U-23 Championships.
Greene was honored as the 2011 USTFCCCA South Central Assistant Coach of the Year after a standout season from his group of runners and jumpers. All told, Greene had seven student-athletes garner 18 All-America honors in 2011, including four accolades each for Regina George, Shelise Williams and Whitney Jones.
Greene's student-athletes had another history-making season in 2010. The Razorbacks' indoor and outdoor 4x400-meter relay teams swept the SEC titles in the event, winning for the first time in school history. Williams won the SEC Indoor title, earned an SEC Outdoor runner-up finish and picked up two All-America honors in the 400 meters en route to setting indoor (52.43) and outdoor (51.71) school records in the event. She was also a member of the 4x400-meter relays that earned indoor and outdoor All-America honors.
Like the previous season, Arkansas swept the SEC indoor and outdoor 4x400-meter relay titles. Greene also saw conference championships in 2011 with victories by Williams in the indoor 400 meters and Makeba Alcide in the heptathlon. Under his direction, Greene's athletes established four new school records-indoor 400 meters, 400-meter hurdles and indoor and outdoor 4x400-meter relays-in 2011.
George had an outstanding freshman campaign. With the ability to compete in both the 400 meters and the 800 meters, George focused on the quarter-mile race and saw a great outcome. She was named the 2010 SEC Indoor co-Freshman Runner of the Year and at the 2010 SEC Outdoor Championships, she scored points in every event she competed in (200 meters, 400 meters, 4x100-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay). She picked up four All-America honors in 2010: indoor 4x400-meter relay, indoor distance medley relay, outdoor 400 meters and outdoor 4x400-meter relay. She also earned four SEC Freshman Runner of the Week honors.
In 2010, Greene's Razorbacks set school records in the indoor 300 meters, 400 meters, 4x400-meter relay, distance medley relay and the pentathlon 800 meters and in the outdoor 400 meters and sprint medley relay. Greene's student-athletes earned three SEC titles and five student-athletes earned 13 All-America honors.
The success continued into the summer months with Williams and George picking up gold medals in international competition. Williams won gold in both the 400 meters and as a member of the 4x400-meter relay as a member of Team USA at the NACAC U-23 Championships. George picked up gold as the anchor leg of the Team USA 4x400-meter relay at the World Junior Championships. She also finished sixth in the open 400 meters.
In 2006, former Razorback Tominque Boatright broke both the University of Arkansas' indoor and outdoor 400-meter records giving student-athletes coached by Greene a clean sweep of every sprints, hurdles, relays and multi-event record. His assault on those marks began in his first season at the UA, and as the 2011 season begins, none of the 16 records are older than 1998 and all but two were set after the millennium.
Promoted to associate head coach in the spring of 2000, Greene put together back-to-back unprecedented seasons in 2004 and 2005 when two of his student-athletes swept the 200-meter national championships at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor meets the first year, then backed it up with an Aneita Denton sweep of the 800-meter titles in 2005. The 2004 200-meter duo, Veronica Campbell-Brown and La'Shaunte'a Moore, were also participants at the Athens Olympics.
Greene is deeply involved in coaching Arkansas' multi-event athletes as well. During his time with the Razorbacks, Arkansas has produced four All-America student-athletes in the tough event, including a pair of 5,700-point heptathlon scorers during the 2000 season. His work with Gi-Gi Miller in 2000-01 was the foundation of her rise to U.S. Champion in the heptathlon at the 2006 USATF National Championships. In 2009, Etienne Chaplin won the latest of a string of SEC multi-event titles with her win in the outdoor heptathlon at the SEC Championships.
Arkansas' newest breed of multi-eventers, Leah Orley and Makeba Alcide, have already made their stamp on the Razorback record books. Alcide and Orley, respectively, picked up sixth- and eighth-place finishes in the heptathlon at the 2010 SEC Outdoor Championships. In the SEC indoor pentathlon, Orley earned a seventh-place finish and was named to the SEC All-Freshman team. She also set a school record in the pentathlon 800 meters. In the three pentathlons and one heptathlon she competed in during the 2010 season, Orley won the 800-meter event all four times.
With a third-place finish at the NACAC U-23 Championships, Alcide bettered her own St. Lucian National record in the heptathlon with a point-total of 5,172. En route to her personal best point total, Alcide recorded personal bests in the 200 meters (25.37), javelin (122-7) and the 800 meters (2:20.24).
Greene is also an active contributor in the middle distances, mentoring the Razorbacks' 800-meter runners. Denton became just the third woman in NCAA history to sweep national titles in both the indoor and outdoor 800 meters during the 2005 season. She also posted the sixth-fastest indoor 800-meter time in NCAA history (2:01.96) and was the anchor of Arkansas' 4x800-meter relay team that ran the fastest time in the world in the spring of 2005 (8:29.13).
Greene has been recognized by his peers with the 2004 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) National Assistant Coach of the Year award. He was also named the USTFCCCA's Mideast Region Sprint Coach of the Year in 2007.
Prior to arriving in Fayetteville in the fall of 1996, Greene was an assistant coach with the Minnesota Golden Gophers' women's track team. He spent six seasons as an assistant at what is now Missouri State University after graduating from Murray State.
A native of Nassau, Bahamas, Greene is married to former Razorback LaTayna Stewart, who ran in the early '80s. The Greene family includes a daughter, Charisse; three sons, Cameron, Isaiah and Jacob; and two grandchildren, Tylan and Caleb.
E-Guide: Enhanced on-line media guide
Media Guide Download (.pdf)