John Green, accomplished Colorado coach and athletic administrator, passes away from colon cancer

John Green, accomplished Colorado coach and athletic administrator, passes away from colon cancer

John Green, accomplished Colorado coach and athletic administrator, passes away from colon cancer

John Green, an accomplished local teacher, coach and athletic administrator, died earlier this week at 69 after a five-year battle with colon cancer.

Green, the husband of CHSAA commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green, won boys state track and field titles at Aurora Central (Class 3A in 1986) and Eaglecrest (Class 5A in 2002). He was a coach, teacher and athletic director at both of those schools before he finished his career as the district athletic director for Cherry Creek Schools.

His track aptitude extended beyond the prep level as Green also served as the director of development for USA Track and Field for the men’s and women’s decathlon and heptathlon.

Born in 1951 in Sargent, Nebraska, Green competed in football and track at Doane College (Crete, Neb.) before putting together a brief professional career that included stints with the Packers, Broncos and in the Canadian Football League.

One of Green’s signature achievements as CCSD’s district athletic director was overseeing the completion of Legacy Stadium on the Cherokee Trail campus, as it is one of the area’s nicest stadiums.


John Green, accomplished Colorado coach and athletic administrator, passes away from colon cancer