A former Northeastern A&M men's coach and one of his players are among five who will be inducted into the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame during ceremonies tonight in Shawnee.
Former Golden Norse coach Cletus Green will be joined by Jerry Belton, who went on to a highly successful career as boys' coach at Boynton High School.
Belton played for Green in the 1970s.
Others to be enshrined in the seventh class of the OBCA Hall of Fame are Tony Robinson, Bill Koller and the late Woody West.
The induction ceremony is in conjunction with the OBCA all-star games and the Faith 7 all-star game to be played Saturday at Oklahoma Baptist University.
“It's a nice honor,” Green said. “I appreciate it very much. I don't know if I deserve it - you never know about those kind of things.”
Green retired this spring, supposedly bringing an end to a career that spanned 52 years.
“This is it,” said Green, who had retired then returned to coaching on two previous occasions.
The only road trips he's planning now are with wife Carolyn to see sons Steve and Kelly coach in Texas and Arizona, respectively, and to visit daughter Becky in Tulsa.
The Miami native began coaching in 1955 at Bristow and won a state championship there in 1958.
However, he gained his most notable recognition as men's coach at NEO, where he spent 16 seasons. His Norsemen went 325-173, winning seven conference titles while advancing to the NJCAA national tournament twice.
Green has served as head coach and athletic director at Mount Olive College, Goldsboro, N.C.; Northwestern State University; North Carolina-Wilmington; and Oral Roberts University in Tulsa.
He was the women's basketball coach at the University of Texas, Pan American in Edinburg for two seasons and served as the men's assistant coach at Southwest Missouri State in Springfield, Mo., for three years.
He retired earlier this year after coaching the women's program at Crowder (Mo.) College in Neosho for five seasons.
Belton, an All-State guard at Boynton, returned to his alma mater and guided the Cardinals to six state championships and three runner-up finishes.
Robinson, head coach at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, is the lone active coach to be saluted. He recently completed his 15th season as head coach at the Durant school.
Koller began coaching in 1941 at Wanette before moving to Byng, where he won three state championships. Koller, 88, lives in Richardson, Texas.
West, who began his 41-year coaching career at Asher in 1936, won a pair of state championships at Tulsa Rogers (1956 and '58). He also spent a season as head coach at the University of Tulsa during World War II.
He will be represented Friday night by his daughter, Tonya, and her husband, former TU great Jim King.