His results were certainly awful but when he was hired it seemed like the perfect fit.
Hometown experienced, winning coach comes home to take over a team that had a decent returning cast.
He recently retired from coaching at age 72 having spent the last 3 years at a HS near Murray State.
Collegiate record of 285-151 before coming to ISU and had been named SEC Coach of the Year once and Ohio Valley Coach of the Year Twice.
Collapsed to 31-79 at ISU.
from the Wiki article:
University of New OrleansGreene was hired by UNO when the school began intercollegiate varsity competition in 1969-70 season. He compiled a 149–64 (.700) record in eight seasons. Four of his teams qualified for NCAA tournaments. The Privateers finished fourth in 1974 Division II tourney and second in the 1975 tourney. Greene paved the way for the Privateers’ move to Division I in the 1975–76 season.
Mississippi State University
Greene only spent the 1977–1978 season with the Bulldogs. That year, the Bulldogs finished with a 18-9 record. Several hours after The Associated Press had named Ron Greene the Southeastern Conference basketball coach of the year and the Mississippi state board had voted him a $7500 raise, Greene announced he was leaving the job to become coach of his alma mater Murray State.
Murray State University
After managing only 4 wins in his first season in Murray, Greene coached the Racers to 23 wins the following year and an appearance in the National Invitation Tournament. The Racers knocked off Jacksonville and Alabama before losing to Illinois 65-63 in the Quarterfinals. Greene’s Racers would reach the NIT twice more before he left in 1985. His overall record at Murray was 119-78. While at the Racer helm, Greene coached Racer greats, such as Gary Hooker and Lamont Sleets.
Indiana State University
Greene returned to his native Terre Haute in 1985 when he became head coach of the Indiana State Sycamores. Greene inherited a young team and finished 11–17 in his first season as head coach. The team, however never matched this success and Greene resigned after a 4–24 1988–89 season. His overall record at ISU was 31–79.