Lonnie Greene
Lonnie  Greene

Hometown:
Nassau, Bahamas

Position:
Head Coach

04/13/2017

Golden Pete Awards Finalists Revealed

Fifth-annual event set for April 24

03/31/2017

Tracking the Boilermakers

News and notes on Purdue Athletics

03/11/2017

Charlton Finishes 2nd in NCAA Hurdles

The Boilermakers finished t-14th in the country, the second best in program history

03/09/2017

14th-Ranked WT&F Heads to NCAAs

The Boilermakers have their highest pre-NCAA ranking in program history

03/06/2017

Greene, Elliott Honored by USTFCCCA

The 14th-ranked women's team heads to NCAAs this weekend

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
  • 2017 Indoor Track USTFCCCA Women's Great Lakes Region Head Coach of the Year
  • Has coached 62 different athletes to 179 All-America honors in his career
  • Has coached 38 Boilermakers to 86 All-America honors in his four years at Purdue
  • Has coached 27 event Big Ten champions in his four years, with 12 in individual track events, 10 in field events, four in relays and one in cross country
  • Has coached seven Big Ten Athletes of the Year, as voted by the conference coaches, in four years
  • Has coached eight Big Ten Athletes of the Championships, as voted by the conference coaches, in four years
  • Has coached four Big Ten Freshmen of the Year, as voted by the conference coaches, in four years
  • Has led his Purdue teams to three top-15 finishes at NCAA Track & Field Championships and six top-20s in just four years
  • His Purdue athletes hold 48 different school records, with 22 indoors and 26 outdoors
  • Coached the 2014 Women's Big Ten Athlete of the Year across all sports, as voted by league officials
  • Has led the women's team to three straight top-three finishes at Big Ten Indoor Championships, after the program had just five such finishes in the 31 years prior
  • His Purdue athletes have earned nine top-three finishes in individual events at an NCAA Championship event, including at least one every year

Rolando Greene was named the head coach of the Purdue men's and women's track & field and cross country teams July 3, 2012. Greene came to Purdue from the University of Arkansas where he worked with the women's program for 16 seasons. Most recently, he was the associate head coach in charge of sprints, hurdles, horizontal jumps and multi events. He was named the USTFCCCA South Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012.

At Purdue, Greene has led 38 Boilermakers to 86 All-America Honors, with 39 first teamers, 36 second teamers, and 11 honorable mention honorees. By year, Greene in 2016-17 has had two first teamers and eight second teamers, 2015-16 had 14 first teamers, 18 second teamers and seven honorable mentions, in 2014-15 had 14 first teamers, a second teamer and two honorable mentions, in 2013-14 he had had four first teamers and four second teamers, and in 2012-13 he had five first teamers, five second teamers and two honorable mention honorees. For his career, Greene has coached 62 different individuals to 179 All-America honors.

Under Greene, the Boilermakers have won 27 Big Ten event titles, including six on the women's side at the 2017 Big Ten Indoor Championships. Greene's Boilermakers have won the first Big Ten title in program history in five different events. He has also coached multiple Big Ten champions in sprints, hurdles, relays, throws, jumps and distance events. The full list is below.

BIG TEN CHAMPIONS

2017

  • Devynne Charlton - 60m dash (first woman in school history to win); 60m hurdles
  • Brionna Thomas - indoor 400m dash (second woman in school history to win)
  • Savannah Carson - indoor long jump
  • Janae' Moffitt - indoor high jump
  • Symone Black, Chloe Abbott, Jahneya Mitchell, Brionna Thomas - 4x400m relay

2016

  • Devynne Charlton - 60m hurdles (first woman in school history to win)
  • Janae' Moffitt - indoor high jump (first Purdue woman to win in 15 years)
  • Aarin Jones, Carmiesha Cox, Symone Black, Brionna Thomas - indoor 4x400m relay (first to win in 15 years)
  • Chukwuebuka Enekwechi - weight throw; hammer throw (first in Big Ten history to ever win three times)
  • Autumn Heath, Carmiesha Cox, Savannah Roberson, Savannah Carson - 4x100m relay
  • Matthew McClintock - Cross country (first in program history at the 8k distance)

2015

  • Chukwuebuka Enekwechi - hammer throw
  • Matthew McClintock - outdoor 5,000m run (first in Purdue history to win)
  • Devynne Charlton - 100m dash (first Purdue woman to win in 34 years)
  • Symone Black - 400m hurdles (first to win in 14 years)
  • Savannah Carson, Carmiesha Cox, Devynne Charlton, Brionna Thomas - 4x100m relay (first in Purdue history to win)

2014

  • Raheem Mostert - 60m dash; indoor 200m dash; 100m dash; outdoor 200m dash
  • Nikki Nunn - outdoor long jump
  • Chukwuebuka Enekwechi - hammer throw
  • Dani Bunch - weight throw

2013

  • Vanessa McLeod - indoor 800m (first Purdue woman in 11 years to win)
  • Dani Bunch - outdoor shot put

Greene's Boilermakers have won 20 major conference awards, including at least one each year, in his four-plus years leading the Boilermakers. Eight individuals have picked up the 20 honors. In 2017, Devynne Charlton swept the indoor awards, while Emma Benner made it three-straight years a Purdue woman has won a Big Ten Freshman of the Year award. Dani Bunch picked up the conference's highest honor in 2014, being named the Big Ten Athelte of the Year, which goes to the top female athlete in the Big Ten across all sports. The full list of Big Ten awards under Greene's watch is below.

MAJOR CONFERENCE AWARDS

2017

  • Indoor Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year - Devynne Charlton
  • Indoor Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships - Devynne Charlton
  • Cross Country Big Ten Freshman of the Year - Emma Benner

2016

  • Indoor Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year - Chukwuebuka Enekwechi
  • Outdoor Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year - Chukwuebuka Enekwechi
  • Cross Country Big Ten Athlete of the Year - Matthew McClintock
  • Indoor Big Ten Field Athlete of the Championships - Chukwuebuka Enekwechi
  • Outdoor Big Ten Field Athlete of the Championships - Chukwuebuka Enekwechi
  • Indoor Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships - Devynne Charlton
  • Indoor Big Ten Freshman of the Year - Janae' Moffitt

2015

  • Outdoor Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year - Chukwuebuka Enekwechi
  • Outdoor Big Ten Field Athlete of Championships - Chukwuebuka Enekwechi
  • Indoor Big Ten Freshman of the Year - Symone Black

2014

  • Big Ten Athlete of the Year (all sports) - Dani Bunch
  • Indoor Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year - Dani Bunch
  • Outdoor Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year - Dani Bunch
  • Indoor Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships - Raheem Mostert
  • Outdoor Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships - Raheem Mostert
  • Outdoor Big Ten Field Athlete of the Championships - Dani Bunch

2013

  • Cross Country Big Ten Freshman of the Year - Matthew McClintock

Greene's Boilermakers have also been busy picking up regional awards, which are voted on by the coaches in each region. Greene was tabbed the women's head coach of the year in 2017, his first time picking up the women's head coach of the year honor. He also has a men's head coach of the year honor, which came in 2014. The full list of regional awards since Greene took over at Purdue is below.

USTFCCCA GREAT LAKES REGIONAL AWARDS

2017

  • Indoor Women's Head Coach of the Year - Lonnie Greene
  • Indoor Women's Assistant Coach of the Year - Angela Elliott

2016

  • Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year - Chukwuebuka Enekwechi
  • Indoor Field Athlete of the Year - Chukwuebuka Enekwechi

2015

  • Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year - Matthew McClintock
  • Outdoor Women's Assistant Coach of the Year - Angela (Goodman) Elliott

2014

  • Outdoor Men's Head Coach of the Year - Lonnie Greene
  • Outdoor Men's Track Athlete of the Year - Raheem Mostert

Greene's Boilermakers continue to have tremendous individual success at the NCAA Championships. His teams have had at least one top-three performer at an NCAA Championships since he took over, as well as 86 total All-America honors. Devynne Charlton continued the trend in 2017 when she finished runner-up in the 60m hurdles, the best finish ever by a Boilermaker in the event.

TOP-THREE INDIVIDUAL NCAA FINISHES

2017

  • Devynne Charlton - 60m hurdles - runner-up

2016

  • Chukwuebuka Enekwechi - weight throw - runner-up
  • Devynne Charlton - 60m hurdles - third place
  • Chukwuebuka Enekwechi - outdoor shot put - runner-up

2015

  • Chukwuebuka Enekwechi - weight throw - third place

2014

  • Chukwuebuka Enekwechi - weight throw - third place
  • Dani Bunch - weight throw - third place

2013

  • Chukwuebuka Enekwechi - weight throw - third place
  • Geoff Davis - outdoor high jump - third place
Greene's Boilermakers have had multiple first team All-Americans every year since he took over in 2012-13. Devynne Charlton and Savannah Carson continued the trend with a pair of first team honors for the 2017 indoor season. Thrower Chukwuebuka Enekwechi had an incredible career, finishing with eight first team All-America honors, all under Greene. That's the most by a man in school history. Devynne Charlton is pushing for the most decorated woman in school history, as she already has four first-team honors. The full list of first team All-Americans at Purdue under Greene is below.

FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICANS

2016-17

  • Devynne Charlton - 60m hurdles
  • Savannah Carson - indoor long jump

2015-16

  • Devynne Charlton - 60m hurdles
  • Chukwuebuka Enekwechi - weight throw; indoor shot put; hammer throw; outdoor shot put
  • Shawndail McLaren - indoor 4x400m relay; outdoor 4x400m relay
  • Nicholas Parks - indoor 4x400m relay; outdoor 4x400m relay
  • Kyle Webb - indoor 4x400m relay; outdoor 4x400m relay
  • Kinard Rolle - indoor 4x400m relay
  • Kendal Frederick - outdoor 4x400m relay
  • Jessica Harter - outdoor pole vault

2014-15

  • Matthew McClintock - cross country; 10,000m run
  • Chukwuebuka Enekwechi - weight throw; hammer throw
  • Symone Black - outdoor 4x400m relay
  • Savannah Carson - 4x100m relay
  • Devynne Charlton - 100m hurdles; 4x100m relay
  • Carmiesha Cox - 4x100m relay; outdoor 4x400m relay
  • Aarin Jones - outdoor 4x400m relay
  • Brionna Thomas - 4x100m relay; outdoor 4x400m relay

2013-14

  • Matthew McClintock - cross country
  • Chukwuebuka Enekwechi - weight throw
  • Dani Bunch - weight throw; indoor shot put; outdoor shot put

2012-13

  • Geoff Davis - indoor high jump; outdoor high jump
  • Chukwuebuka Enekwechi - weight throw
  • Jakob Engel - indoor shot put
  • Dani Bunch - outdoor shot put

After the women finished runner-up at the 2017 Big Ten Indoor Championships, the Boilermakers wrapped up the most successful three-year stretch in program history. The program had never earned three-straight top-three finishes before. The women finished the 2017 indoor season tied for 14th in the country, which is the second highest finish in program history. The men's team finished third at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships in 2016, which is the program's best since 2003.

Greene has led his Purdue teams to three top-15 finishes in the NCAA, with the women tying for 14th at 2017 indoors, the men finishing 13th at the 2016 NCAA Indoors and 15th at NCAA Outdoors. He also has three other top 20 finishes, with the women taking 20th at the 2015 NCAA Outdoors, the women finishing 19th at the 2014 NCAA Indoors, and the men finishing 18th at the 2013 NCAA Outdoors.

Greene's women were ranked No. 1 in the Great Lakes Region every week of the 2017 indoor season. They also were ranked in the top 25 every week of the season, the first time the program has ever achieved that feat. Greene's women earned the No. 10 ranking in the country in the preseason 2017 poll, the highest the women have ever been ranked. In 2016, his women earned a season-high ranking of No. 16 heading into the NCAA Championships, while in 2014 his women earned a No. 14 ranking, which was then the program's all-time best inseason ranking.

On the men's side, Greene's Boilermakers finished 13th at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2016. That is the second highest finish in program history. His team was also 13th heading into those NCAA Championships, which is the highest inseason ranking in program history. Greene's men were ranked or finished in the top 25 at least one time in his first four years at the helm.

In 2014, Greene was named the Purdue Coach of the Year, after his men's and women's teams were named the teams of the year at the annual department-wide Golden Pete Award event. Three of his athletes, Raheem Mostert, Dani Bunch and Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, earned awards for Breakout Player of the Year, Best Individual Performance, and Best Season Performance by an individual, respectively.

Greene led the Boilermakers to an incredible nine school records and five No. 2 marks in program history during the 2014 indoor season. He helped coach two individuals to three Big Ten Championships, with Raheem Mostert winning the 60- and 200-meter conference titles and Dani Bunch claiming the weight throw crown. Mostert is the first Big Ten athlete to win the 60 and 200 in the same year since 2009, the first Purdue male to win a Big Ten Championship since 2010, first Purdue male to win the 200 since 2008, and the first Purdue male to ever win an indoor conference championship in two events for his career, let alone the same season. Mostert was named the Big Ten Male Athlete of the Championships, while Bunch won the Big Ten Women's Athlete of the Year. Greene led the men's and women's teams to fifth place finishes at the conference championships, a jump of five and four spots, respectively, from 2013.

Four Boilermakers qualified for the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships in seven events under Greene. Mostert qualified in the 60- and 200-meter dashes, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi qualified in the men's shot put and weight throw, Dani Bunch qualified in the women's shot put and weight throw, and Cierra Brown qualified in the triple jump. The women finished t-19th with 10 points, as Bunch was First Team All-America in both events. The finish was the fifth-best in Purdue history and the best since 2000. The 10 points tie for the second-most in program history at the NCAA Championships. The men finished t-32nd with six points, as Enekwechi was First Team All-America in the weight throw. The men's finish was the program's second-best since 2005. Brown earned second team All-America honors, while Mostert was second team All-America in both events.

During the 2013 cross country season, Greene led the men's team to a sixth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships, and the women's team to an eighth-place finish. Both teams' finishes were three spots better than 2012. The men's finish was the best since 1991, while the women's was the best since 2007.

Greene coached sophomore Matthew McClintock to a runner-up finish at the Big Ten Championships, and he was named first team All-Big Ten. McClintock automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships after a runner-up finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. McClintock finished 37th and became Purdue's first cross country All-American since 1987.

In his first year with the Boilermaker track & field and cross country programs, the Boilermakers saw improvement across the board. Under Greene's direction, the men's cross country team qualified two freshmen as individuals for the NCAA Championships. It is the first time that any program has had two freshmen qualify as individuals in the same year since the early 1970s. Matthew McClintock was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and was first team all-conference as a rookie. McClintock was also named the Big Ten Runner of the Week two times in 2012.

The 2012-13 track season was one of the most improved in the conference. Greene helped lead five individuals to USTFCCCA All-America honors, including three on the first team. His athletes posted 19 individual top-five marks in program history for the indoor season, including school records in four different events. Greene worked with freshman Vanessa McLeod and guided her to Purdue's first women's 800m Big Ten Champion since 2002 and just the third in program history. McLeod broke the school record in the event with a time of 2:05.21, shattering the previous mark by nearly three seconds. In his first Big Ten season, Greene led the women to a ninth place finish and the men to 10th. The men finished 18that the NCAA Indoor Championships in Greene's first season, led by freshman Chukwuebuka Enekwechi who won the bronze medal in the weight throw. Geoff Davis also scored, as he took fifth in the high jump, in the best season of his career.

During the outdoor season, Greene helped the team to nearly unprecedented improvement. In his first year, he helped 18 individuals and a relay team qualify for the NCAA East Regionals, and had six individuals with top 25 marks in the country. The qualifying individual total was a 50% increase from the year prior. Six of the 18 individuals qualified for the NCAA Championships in six total events, including Enekwechi and Coy Blair as the only freshmen throws tandem in the nation to make the NCAAs. Geoff Davis also qualified and podiumed for the first time in his career as he finished third in the nation in the high jump. Greene helped individuals to three outdoor school records in his first year, including the women's 800m, women's shot put, and men's 400m hurdles. The hurdles record had stood since 1985.

At the 2013 outdoor Big Ten Championships, Greene led the Purdue men to the largest point increase of any team from the previous season. The men improved their score by 40.5 points, 18 points more than any other team in the league. At the championships, Dani Bunch won the women's shot put title, while Geoff Davis was runner-up in the high jump.

Greene did more than just coach. The men's and women's teams were named USTFCCCA Academic All-America in his first year. The head coach also put together one of the best recruiting classes in recent Purdue history as he brought in the top two female sprinters from the Caribbean region with Devynne Charlton and Carmiesha Cox.

While with the Razorbacks, Greene coached four student-athletes to five NCAA event titles, 29 athletes who earned 96 All-America honors, 16 Southeast Conference champions, two SEC Runners of the Year, an SEC co-Freshman Runner of the Year and two U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association South Central Region Runners of the Year.

Arkansas finished in the top 25 at both the NCAA Women's Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships in five of the last six seasons with the help of Greene's direction. The Razorbacks finished fourth in 2011 and tied for fifth in 2012 at the indoor meet, while posting three top-15 finishes outdoors.

In more than 20 years of coaching at collegiate level, Greene has mentored nine Olympians, including one from the 2016 Rio Games and two from the 2012 London Games, and four student-athletes who have competed at the World Championships. Additionally, his student-athletes have competed at the World Junior Championships, World University Games, Pan Am Games, NACAC U-23 Championships and Central American Championships. He has served on the coaching staff for the NACAC U-23 Championships and was selected (but did not serve) as an aide for the Central American Championships.

Greene was promoted to associate head coach in 2000 and 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 followed it 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 participants at the Athens Olympics.

Greene was recognized by his peers with the 2004 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association National Assistant Coach of the Year award. He also was named the USTFCCCA's Mideast Region Sprint Coach of the Year in 2007.

Prior to his stint at Arkansas, Greene was an assistant coach with the University of Minnesota women's program in 1995-96. He was a men's and women's assistant at what is now Missouri State University from 1991 to 1995.

A native of Nassau, Bahamas, Greene earned his B.S. from Murray State University in 1989. He is married to former Razorback LaTayna Stewart. The couple has a daughter, Charisse; three sons, Cameron, Isaiah and Jacob; and two grandchildren, Tylan and Caleb.

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