The two most integral parts of any football team are the coach and quarterback.
Modesto Christian High took care of both in one fell swoop.
The private Division VI school named Ryan Green as head coach on Tuesday. He’ll bring with him his son, former Downey High starting quarterback Beau Green, to the Salida campus.
Ryan Green, the former standout athlete at Denair High and football player at University of the Pacific and University of Hawaii, replaces Mike Parsons, who resigned from the position earlier this month after leading the Crusaders to a 10-2 season and a trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals.
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Green comes to Modesto Christian with no head-coaching experience, although a resume that included time in the Arena Football League.
Meanwhile, his son, sophomore Beau Green, won the starting position at Downey after he and Bryce Gouker battled it out in the early season. However, Green injured his shoulder (labrum tear), and Gouker led the Knights to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs and a first-round road victory over Grant.
“I wish Beau the best,” Downey coach Jeremy Plaa wrote in a text. “I’m sure he will do well.”
In five games last year, Green completed 65 of 105 passes for 1,021 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. His quarterback rating was 109.3.
Regarded as one of the best young quarterbacks in the area, Beau Green won’t have to worry about battling it out for a starting position at Modesto Christian. Hayden Sauser, MC’s talented quarterback who led the Crusaders last season, is a senior.
When Green gets on the field, though, is in question.
Ryan Green said late Tuesday afternoon that he expected his son to play in Week 1. However, there are transfer issues that have to be resolved by the schools and the section. Green said he expects his son to be on the Modesto Christian campus in the next couple of days.
Ryan Green would not go into details, but he said he believes his son has a case to claim a “documented hardship,” the California Interscholastic Federation rule that allows a transferring athlete to play right away at the new school. “Hardships” can include anything tied to a family or school issue.
If they get the OK from the section, he could play at the start of the season. If not, and barring a full family move out of a school boundary area — the Greens are considering moving from their Turlock home — Beau Green would have to sit out half the season, returning in Week 6 at the end of September.
Then there is CIF bylaw 510, which is tied to undue influence. If the new coach was a coach at the athlete’s previous school — if Ryan Green had coached at Downey — the athlete would have to sit out one full year.
Plaa said Ryan Green was not on his staff. In the news release sent out by Modesto Christian, it stated Ryan Green worked “with ... Downey HS for their spring/summer football program.”
Plaa said the statement in the release tying Ryan Green to Downey’s “spring/summer football program,” was false. Plaa did say Green attended “one practice in the summer time,” but said it could not be construed as anything tied to coaching.
Bryce Peterson, a Downey High receiver last fall, said “When we first started, I only saw (Ryan Green) a few days out of that week. He didn’t really do much, then all of a sudden, he disappeared.”
However, Ryan Green said he was an active participant during the summer program, traveling with the team to passing camps in Nevada and Fresno, and also helping out with one in Modesto.
He said he helped coach inside receivers at Downey, including Anderson Grover, and was on the sidelines during the summer games.
Said Grover: “He helped out a little bit. I wouldn’t say he coached me or put time in with me, but he was over there helping out receivers.”
When asked about whether he coached beyond summer, Ryan Green said: “I was thinking about joining the staff, but I thought it would be good to step away.”
According to the section website, the Greens have not yet filed for a transfer.
Will DeBoard, assistant commissioner with the section, said a ruling would come down to how Michael Garrison, section commissioner, defines “pre-enrollment contact.” He added that once both schools file the necessary paperwork, the section has 20 days to make a ruling, figuring it would be long before the season started when the decision is issued.
Beau Green also will have to get healthy. Ryan Green said his son got cleared to throw two weeks ago, and he’s still working through some stiffness in his throwing shoulder.
When the Modesto Christian job opened, Ryan Green jumped at the chance to coach at the school that was once a big rival of his in the Southern League. He said he did not apply for any of the previous openings in the Modesto area since the conclusion of the season.
“I must have had 20 text messages about applying for the (MC) job,” he said. “There are only one or two programs I would ever have entertained, and Modesto Christian was one of them.”
He said at the news conference to announce his hiring that recently he was thinking his family was moving out of town. There had been rumors circulating that Beau Green was telling classmates he was planning to play somewhere other than Downey next season. Owner of medical device company Central Valley Valley Medical LLC, Ryan Green said the move was tied to his business and not trying to find his son a place to play.
He said he plans to run a pass-first spread offense, one seen most often on college campuses on Saturday afternoons. He would draw on the coaching experiences he received from legendary Denair High basketball coach Dave Morgan and two former Stanford stars he was with while playing in Hawaii — Ken Margerum and Guy Benjamin.
Asked about potential detractors who would argue his hiring had more to do with his son’s talents at quarterback versus his own coaching experience, Ryan Green said: “I’ll put my resume up against anyone in the valley. Anyone who knows me knows I’m 100 percent confident in my coaching ability. I could be a head coach with or without my son. We’re just excited we get to share in this.
“I’m taking this job to help a bunch of kids, and to do what’s best for the MC program.”
2018-19 Stanislaus District Football Coaching Changes
|School||Outgoing Coach||Incoming Coach|
|Beyer||Doug Severe||Greg Bockman|
|Gregori||Jason McCoy||Lamar Wallace|
|Modesto||Brett Wagner||Not Announced|
|Modesto Christian||Mike Parsons||Ryan Green|
|Pacheco||David Snapp||Jeremy Siemiller|
|Ripon Christian||Trey Ozenbaugh||Randy Fasani|