It’s been a wild and wooly month for Marquette women’s basketball in terms of who’s going to be on the sidelines with head coach Megan Duffy the next time that the women suit up to play. Both of the assistants that stuck around for Duffy’s first season after Carolyn Kieger departed have now left as well, with both of them ending up at Illinois. Duffy already hired Itoro Coleman to fill one spot, and on Thursday, MU announced that Duffy has added Tony Greene to her staff to be the third assistant coach along with Coleman and Justine Raterman.
Please help us welcome Tony Greene and his family to #muwbb & @muathletics as an assistant. He is one of the top coaches in the country and owns a wealth of postseason experience and recruiting success. RELEASE: https://t.co/DvpwK7ADaD pic.twitter.com/u3f0GnUf6H— Marquette WBB (@MarquetteWBB) April 23, 2020
Greene has been involved in coaching since 1994, so it’s clear that Duffy went with an experienced voice for her bench here. He got his start at Langston University, his alma mater, with his teams going 54-1 in conference play in his final three seasons there and 31-2 overall in his final season. Since making the move to Division 1 coaching, Greene has been an assistant at Grambling State, Texas Southern, Toledo, and most recently Ole Miss.
With a lengthy history of recruiting and coaching young women, the benefits of adding Greene to the staff are obvious for a head coach heading into her fourth season in the big chair. In addition to that, Greene gives Marquette access to all sorts of recruiting territory and contacts in the south, as he has primarily been working in that area of the country since 2008. With Marquette having a natural base in the midwest and northeast by way of actual location and conference footprint, being able to expand beyond that is potentially helpful for the Golden Eagles going forward.
While it might be a minute before Greene makes his way to Milwaukee from Mississippi due to the coronavirus, he will need to jump into the waters with both feet pretty quickly. Marquette currently projects to have four scholarship spots available for the Class of 2021, and at least for the moment, MU does not have anyone committed for that class yet. That’s not a problem, of course, as we’re just starting to enter the time of the year when prospects commit before signing letters of intent in November, but the social distancing separation and inability to do in-person scouting could make things very interesting on the recruiting front.