May 18, 2021

Heard County names new varsity boys basketball coach

(Franklin, GA) — The Heard County School System has appointed Zerick Green as the varsity boys basketball coach for the 2021-2022 school year.

“We’re excited to welcome Coach Green into his new position of Head Basketball Coach at Heard County High School,” stated Heard County Athletic Director Trent Bianco.

“Coach Green has a passion for Heard County and for the game of basketball. We are eager to watch him pour into our student athletes. His character and work ethic are second to none which will make him successful in his new role. We’re excited to watch Coach Green grow our basketball program and take it to new heights.”

Green, a 2007 graduate from Heard County High School, has served as Heard County Middle School (HCMS) coach for two years, before joining the high school boys basketball staff this past year as an assistant coach.

“It is an absolute honor to be back home giving back to the community that played such an instrumental role in my life,” said Green. “We are truly blessed here in Heard County.”

Upon graduating from high school, Green attended the University of West Georgia. At UWG, Green earned a Bachelor of Science in Education, and a teaching certificate for both physical education and special education.

After spending three years teaching in Carroll County Schools, Green jumped at the chance to come home and took a teaching position at Heard Middle School for the 2018-2019 school year. Green currently serves as the special education teacher for eighth grade.

Green also took over the middle school head coaching duties when he started teaching in Heard County.

During the 2019-2020 middle school boys basketball season, Green led HCMS to the championship game, where the Braves dismantled their rival Bowdon by a score of 61-33 to win the championship.

“Zerick Green is an extremely hard working teacher and coach, but is even a better man,” claimed Brian Hadley, Heard County Middle School principal.

Green is excited about the opportunity to lead the team he once played on, claiming “there is no place like home” and “there is no place I would rather be.”

When asked what he enjoyed most about coaching in Heard County, Green responded, “This community and school system are beyond supportive of all school activities and sports and I am just grateful to be a part of it all.”

Green believes there is much to work on to prepare for the upcoming season.

“We have to work on ball handling at all levels of the program in order to be successful moving forward,” said Green. “Combine that with stronger team chemistry and more situational basketball knowledge will allow for us to be a more consistent and dominant team in the coming years.”

Green has high expectations for the boys basketball program and believes that returning to a winning and fearless mindset can lead the program toward sustained success.

“Being a former player of the program gives me extra motivation to return it to its former glory in terms of competing with the winning mindset regardless of who we played, all-out hustle/effort night after night, and the fun and excitement we shared on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday nights in a packed out gym with an awesome fan base,” shared Green.

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