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Where are they now'

Kevin Greene

Ashland High School, 1991

The rewards were plentiful for Kevin Greene in the athletic arena, having been an all-state quarterback and a two-sport athlete in college.

And they haven't stopped in his professional life. Greene, 33, teaches special education at Foothill High School in Redding, Calif., where he also serves as the department chairman.

He initially worked at a nonpublic school for the severely emotionally disturbed in Sacramento, Calif., then stumbled onto special education and found out I just loved it, he says.

There's always a need for special educators, says Greene. It will always be around, and there's not a big draw for professionals going into the field. The majority want to work with general education students.

He also teaches multi-cultural night courses in classroom management at National College four months of the year. He has two teaching credentials and recently became credentialed for administration, which he hopes to move into as early as next year.

Greene and his wife of 11 years, Trudee, have two children. Son Dawson is 4, and daughter Kylee is 2. They enjoy boating and camping at Shasta and Whiskeytown lakes. Greene also has gotten into dirt-bike riding, plays golf and remains a part of school athletics as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Foothill junior varsity.

At Ashland, Greene was the second in a line of four straight first-team all-state quarterbacks. He followed Bert Petersen and preceded Chris Chambers and Chad Guthrie.

That was back in our heyday, says Greene.

Highlights included winning the state football title his junior year ' 24-22 over Roseburg in 1989 ' with Petersen at the helm; making it to the state semifinals his senior year and playing both QB and inside linebacker in the playoffs; hosting a game against a team of Japanese all-stars; and watching slotback Pete Forester score five touchdowns in a game, a couple coming on his passes. In that contest, Greene was 5-for-5 with five touchdowns but didn't play in the second half.

Coach (Jim) Nagel never liked to run up the score, which was great, says Greene. That always inspired me as a coach.

Ashland baseball wasn't as successful.

I remember me and Petersen throwing every other game, says Greene, who also played one summer with the Medford Mustangs American Legion team. I'd throw a complete game, then he'd throw a complete game. Or, when I was throwing, he'd relieve me, and vice versa. There were a few other guys who pitched.

Greene went to College of the Siskiyous in Weed, Calif., playing football and baseball. He had feelers to play both sports at higher levels, and wound up going to Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo to pitch. The program had just gone Division I, and Greene didn't thrive.

I got down in the pitching rotation and never got back up, he says. I knew that was as far as I would go with athletics. I always wanted to work with children, and that's where I focused my attention.

And that's what he's doing today.

Where are they now?"ttrower@mailtribune.com.

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