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Snapshot: Charmelle Green

on January 24, 2013 6:51 AM

Two years ago, Charmelle Green, working for the University of Notre Dame’s athletic administration at the time, was wrapping up a presentation in Indianapolis about networking. In the audience was Coquese Washington, head coach of Penn State’s women’s basketball program.

Green calls networking “the desire to develop relationships that are reciprocal — gaining as well as giving. Having a genuine interest in individuals and fostering relationships — that’s what I deem as networking.”

After her presentation, Green drove back to South Bend. Soon after, she received a phone call from Washington. “She asked me if Notre Dame was where I wanted to be or if I would ever want to move on,” Green says. Washington explained that a position at Penn State had become available — associate athletic director and senior woman administrator.

“She said I would be remarkable in this role,” Green says. “So I took a look, researched it, and it started rolling from there.”

Green, who says that the transition was both exciting and stressful, started her job replacing the retired Sue Delaney-Scheetz in July 2011. A few months later, of course, Penn State was hit with the child-abuse scandal involving Jerry Sandusky, and Green has played a role in helping the university deal with the adversity.

“Certainly no one expects to land a new job and then be dealing with what we have been dealing with,” she says. “You don’t expect something of that magnitude within only three and a half months of being in a position. I had to adapt and be open to changes and new leadership.”

Green’s role includes monitoring Title IX compliance for intercollegiate athletics and oversight of several of Penn State’s athletic programs, including women’s volleyball, field hockey, women’s soccer, and softball. She also was on the search committee that led to Penn State’s hiring of football coach Bill O’Brien.

Since her arrival, she says she has seen “tremendous camaraderie and guidance.”

“There are many great leaders who are driven and committed to seeing us get on the other side of this,” she says. “It gives you an idea of the people that represent Penn State. It’s very encouraging that you can deal with great adversity yet come together as ‘one team.’ ”

She adds that Penn State “continues to be a reputable institution that is supportive of achieving greatness in the classroom and on the fields.”

“People come here to get a tremendous education as well as athletic experience,” she says. “We have the greatest coaches in the nation. They are gifted, driven, committed, and determined to succeed.”

This year, she foresees the women’s programs continuing to thrive the way that they have in years past. The coaches, paired with the success of the programs, she says, are why Penn State recruits “the brightest of the bright.” And she can certainly relate to these recruits.

Green grew up in San Diego, the youngest of six children. When she was in high school, she was recruited by the University of Utah to play softball. She became an All-American for the Utes and graduated in 1991 with a degree in mass communications/public relations. She later earned a master’s degree in secondary education from Indiana University South Bend in 2003.

While athletics is always changing, Green says she tries to be at her best daily. She does this through her three goals: strategize, lead, and recruit. And her work doesn’t go unnoticed. Her ultimate goal is “being able to lead at the highest level of college athletics.”

“I’m all in; I’m all Penn State,” she says. “And I’m enjoying every minute of it.”

Her husband, Matthew Mooney, is a professor at Pennsylvania College of Technology. He teaches interactive media and Web-design courses in the business school. He enjoys blues music and loves to play the harmonica and guitar.

She says that they are “avid outdoors people” and “will take any opportunity to get out in the world.” The two enjoy mountain biking, hiking, and, since moving to State College, her husband has taken up fly-fishing.

“This area is really great,” she says. “Every day, we wake up and say, ‘Gosh, we’ve landed a really great spot!’ ”

FACT BOX:

What has been your most memorable experience? “Playing for the University of Utah in the WAC (Western Athletic Conference) Softball Championship as a senior and winning in 56 innings [losing a 31-inning game to Creighton before winning the title game in a 25-inning contest over the Bluejays]! We arrived at 3:30 p.m. and finished at 8:30 a.m. We went on to win regionals and play in the College World Series. It was a magical year!

What is your favorite food to cook? “Cooking is one of my stress reliefs. I mostly gravitate toward Italian cuisine. My favorite is spaghetti sauce with meatballs. I love a hearty Italian meal, but I also like to cook Mexican.”

What is your favorite book? “Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi. It’s awesome!”

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