Parkview Baptist on Monday announced the departure of basketball coach Don Green, who also served as the school’s principal. The Class 3A school also announced the hiring of two new head basketball coaches.
Brandon White, a former Glen Oaks and Southern University player, takes over as boys basketball head coach after serving as an assistant to Green last season. Jessica Shelton, most recently the Eagles girls track coach and previously a middle school basketball coach, was named girls basketball coach.
“I’ve enjoyed my time at Parkview, and it’s been very successful,” Green said. “But there comes a time in your life when you stop and think about where you want to be in 10 years.
“I’m working on my Ph.D. now and will have that by next summer. My wife is at the point where she’ll be able to retire in February, which may give us the opportunity to travel and do some other things we couldn’t do with the schedule I’ve had the last couple of years coaching the boys and girls. There are possibilities.”
A former LSU player, Green coached at Bethany Christian before leading Parkview to Class 3A state titles in boys basketball in 1997 and ’98. He left the area for several years and returned to his hometown of Monroe, where he served as principal and also coached at Carroll High.
After short stints at Desire Street Academy and Capitol, Green returned to Parkview in 2011 as boys basketball coach and principal. He coached the boys and girls teams the past two years.
PBS finished 17-13 this year in boys basketball, losing to Bossier 48-47 in the regional round of the playoffs. The PBS girls were 16-12 and lost to Green Oaks in the first round. The 2012-13 team was a 3A semifinalist.
“Don did some great things, and I know he’ll be successful in whatever he decides to do,” PBS Athletic Director Kenny Guillot said. “We feel like this is going to be a smooth transition for both teams. Jessica’s passion is for basketball. She coached our middle school teams but got out of that when her children were babies, and now they’re in school. She won’t be doing track, which will give her time to focus on basketball.
“Brandon played for Harvey Adger at Glen Oaks, which tells you he has that attention to detail and discipline, and also worked with Coach (Roman) Banks at Southern. We feel like he’s a good fit for us also.”
Shelton, a former False River Academy player, said she last coached basketball four years ago. She coached PBS to its first district title in girls track in the spring.
“I’m excited about the opportunity, not only to get back into basketball, but also to work with a such an exceptional group of girls,” she said. “We’ll continue to play a zone defense, but I want us to also play some man-to-man. Offensive, we’re fast, and I hope we can use more of a fast-break offense.”
White, who was recently married, is out of the country on his honeymoon, Guillot said.