2023 Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame Inductee: Kirsten Green

Kirsten Green

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“Building a college basketball program is a formidable endeavor, and it’s not just the Xs and Os. You need to build an entire organization. It takes an incredible amount of effort and dedication from everyone involved. Kirsten personified that standard in our programs at Seton Hall, Michigan and Harvard. She is intelligent, hard-working and loyal. I am eternally grateful for the integral contributions she made to the successes we were fortunate to make together.”

The above paragraph was written by Tommy Amaker, head coach of the men’s basketball team at Harvard University, about his friend and associate, Kirsten Green, a 2023 inductee of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame.

Green was born in Jamestown in 1975 and graduated as the salutatorian of Jamestown High School in 1993. During her athletic career at JHS she earned ten varsity letters in the sports of tennis, basketball and softball.

Kirsten attended Duke University graduating in 1997 with a degree in mathematics. While at Duke she served four years as student manager with the men’s basketball team. Coach Mike Krzyzewski named her as a head manager in her senior year.

While at Duke, Green worked closely with assistant coach Tommy Amaker. When Amaker left Duke in 1997 to accept the head coaching job at Seton Hall University, he asked Green to go with him to become the Director of Basketball Operations at the South Orange, New Jersey university.

After four years at Seton Hall in the Big East Conference, Amaker accepted the head coaching position at the University of Michigan in 2001. He immediately hired Green to be his Director of Basketball Operations at the Big Ten university in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

In 2007, Amaker left Michigan to take over the men’s basketball team at Harvard University. Once again, his first hire was Kirsten Green. She became the Director of Basketball Operations for the Cambridge, Massachusetts, Ivy League school.

While working in the basketball program at Harvard, Green completed a Masters Degree in Management at Harvard’s Extension School in 2015. Armed with her new degree, Kirsten left the basketball program to become an Assistant Director of Athletics at Harvard. Green worked with the director of athletics and the athletics administration in a broad role, with responsibility in the areas of internal communication, organization, alumni relations, and program management among others.

She is currently the Assistant Director of Athletics – Special Projects. As part of Harvard’s external operations team, Green is the point person for organizing a variety of special events to foster community and affinity, while writing special features in partnership with the Harvard Gazette, assisting in multimedia communications and helping with business development relationships. She also manages the department’s partnership with the Harvard Club of Boston.

Her boss at Duke, Coach K, had this to say about Green: “In all the years that I have known Kirsten, my dealings with her have been enjoyable, efficient and most importantly, productive. She is an impressive woman, whether as a professional, as a member of a team, or in the community. Her ability to thrive in so many different settings and at so many places, I believe, is a testament to her considerable work ethic and drive to be the very best. These were traits I saw first-hand when she was at Duke as a student manager and have served her well in her professional career.”

Green resides in Watertown, Massachusetts.