Taurean Green joins Gators’ staff

Two-time national champion point guard Taurean Green has joined Todd Golden’s staff as the director of player development, UF announced on Monday.

Green was a member of the famous 2004 recruiting class that also included Joakim Noah, Al Horford and Corey Brewer and led the program to back-to-back national titles in 2006 and 2007.

“I couldn’t be more excited for Taurean to join our staff,” Golden said in a statement. “He’s one of the best to ever wear the Gator uniform and understands what it takes to achieve at the highest levels here. He’ll be an incredible resource for our student-athletes and an important connection to the tradition of excellence here, both for our fans and for all the past Gators who will always be part of the Florida family.”

Green was named All-SEC twice, and he led the 2007 team with 13.3 points per game. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the Midwest Regional in the 2007 NCAA Tournament after he averaged 19 points in wins over Butler and Oregon.

“Gainesville became like another home to me during my time at UF, and I can’t wait to be back,” Green said. “Florida is such a special place, and I’m ready to do everything I can to help our players, Todd Golden, the coaching staff and the entire program have success. Gator Nation, it feels great to be coming home!”

The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native was selected in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft. He recently wrapped up a 14-year professional career that mostly took place overseas.

Green most recently worked for former Florida coach Billy Donovan with the Chicago Bulls as a player development coordinator.

Ethan Hughes
Ethan was born in Gainesville and has lived in the Starke, Florida, area his entire life. He played basketball for five years and knew he wanted to be a sportswriter when he was in middle school. He’s attended countless Gators athletic events since his early childhood, with baseball being his favorite sport to attend. He’s a proud 2019 graduate of the University of Florida and a 2017 graduate of Santa Fe College. He interned with the University Athletic Association’s communications department for 1 ½ years as a student and also wrote for InsideTheGators.com for two years before joining Gator Country in 2021. He is a long-suffering fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars. You can follow him on Twitter @ethanhughes97.