LaShanteau Green was already busy.
Besides taking care of her nephews, she was a teaching assistant, a JV cheerleading coach and a varsity softball assistant coach.
But when the first option fell through, she couldn’t say no to the Sliver Bluff varsity girls basketball job.
With a simple email to Al Lown, Green accepted the offer, and her first season was successful.
She led the Lady Bulldogs to the second round of the Class AA state playoffs to be named The Augusta Chronicle’s South Carolina girls basketball coach of the year.
Green says she’s used to a busy schedule.
“It keeps me going,” Green said about staying involved. “It gives me a chance to give back, just giving back to the community.”
While a student at Silver Bluff, Green, who graduated in 1999 before playing softball at Benedict College, played volleyball, softball and basketball.
Though she’s been away from basketball, Green didn’t find much trouble in returning.
Some of that had to do with the help from the coaching staff and the ability of returners Khadajah Simpkins and Roxanna Cheek.
But Silver Bluff still had to enter life without the Foreman twins (Kaylin and Jamie) and Taylor Muterspaugh, a trio who helped the Lady Bulldogs finish as runner-up for the Lower State title with a record of 21-1 a year ago.
Even with some new faces, the Lady Bulldogs tied for the region title – they lost to Wade Hampton in a one-game playoff – and beat Stall, 57-44, in the first round of the state tournament.
Green didn’t have this kind of success when she played, but she admits there was always the potential to achieve greatness.
Now, as she sees players stopping by, wondering what the basketball plans are for the summer, Green hopes the program’s ascendency isn’t slowing down.
“If they keep working like they want to work, like they’re coming in now and asking, I think we’ll be back in the same spot we were, playing for the Lower State,” Green said.