Downey 44, Manteca 42 | Game-winning drive led by Beau Green
Ryan Green, who took over as coach of the Modesto Christian High School football team in January because, in his own words, he wanted to do “what’s best for the MC program,” quit on Wednesday.
Modesto Christian Athletic Director Robb Spencer said he was in “shock.”
“We had a conversation and he resigned,” Spencer said. “It was a five-minute conversation.”
Green took the job after former coach Mike Parsons stepped down. In hiring Green, the Crusaders also were getting his freshman son, Beau Green, who transferred from Downey High, where he had great success as a starting varsity quarterback before a shoulder injury (torn labrum) derailed his season midway through.
Ryan Green said he was looking forward to coaching his son and using a wide-open offense to take advantage of Beau Green’s talented arm. 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.
“We had a lot of excitement and now we have to figure out the next move,” Spencer said. “It’s all about the kids and I feel bad. It’s a whirlwind.”
Ryan Green, downright giddy and talkative in January on the day he took the job, did not return phone messages from The Bee on Thursday.
Front Row Preps was the first to report on Thursday’s shocking news.
There was some question as to when Beau Green would be able to play for Modesto Christian. As a transfer, there were a couple of scenarios — a move out of their house in Turlock to one in Modesto or a hardship transfer — that would have allowed the quarterback to play immediately. There also was a chance he would have had to sit out because of the transfer until late September.
What happens now is anyone’s guess.
Will DeBoard, assistant commissioner for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section, the area’s governing body for sports, says if a player transfers to another school and does not play a sport, he can return to his previous school and play right away.
A return to Downey is unlikely as coach Jeremy Plaa said Thursday he hadn’t heard from the family since Dec. 1.
According to CIF rules, Green could transfer to another school that’s not Downey, but he would be limited to a “sub-varsity” team in football for a full season.
It has already been a busy week at MC as junior defensive end Xavier Carlton, regarded as one of the top players in the state, will transfer after this school year and enroll at Juan Diego Catholic in Utah.
In January, Green expressed excitement about securing his first head coaching job and coaching his son.
“I must have had 20 text messages about applying for the (MC) job,” he told The Bee in January. “There are only one or two programs I would ever have entertained, and Modesto Christian was one of them.”
An email sent out by the school this week to parents read: “We regret to announce that Ryan Green has resigned as head coach of MC’s Varsity Football Program, as he decided that Modesto Christian isn’t a good fit for him.”
Spencer did say he did have a group of people in mind as Green’s successor.
“We have to find someone in a short amount of time,” he said.
The first day teams were allowed to practice was May 1. MC’s reported first day of spring practice is May 12.