Portland High School has hired a new head football coach: Sean Green, who most recently was the winning head football coach for Cape Elizabeth High School. Green also previously coached the Deering High School team and also Portland’s middle school football team.
Green says his vision for Portland High School is to develop the football program into the best high school program in the state.
Lance Johnson, Portland High School’s co-curricular director, said, “We are excited to bring a coach to Portland High that is connected to our community and is committed to building character, leadership, and integrity into our athletic program. Coach Green has an ability to attract coaches and student-athletes to his program. He brings unique energy, leadership and a love for the game of football with him to Portland High.”
Coach Green began his coaching career at Littleton High School in Massachusetts after playing college football at Bridgewater State University. Green progressed quickly from a junior varsity defensive coordinator and line coach to varsity co-offensive and defensive coordinator. In his first year as the full-time offensive coordinator, the team averaged over 50 points per game and that led to Littleton’s first ever 13-0 season, culminating in a state championship victory at Gillette Stadium.
After moving to Maine, Green spent one season at Deering High School in 2017, followed by one season as the head coach of the Portland Middle School Football Team in 2018. He was hired as the head football coach at Cape Elizabeth High School in the winter of 2019.
In just his second full season, he led Cape Elizabeth to a Class C State Championship title which was the first in school history. Under his leadership, his teams have qualified for playoffs in every season. As a high school coordinator and head coach, he has reached the state championship three out of five seasons, and has reached the regional-finals in five out of six seasons. In three full seasons at Cape Elizabeth, his team has had two Fitzpatrick Award finalists and one Fitzpatrick Award Winner. Green resigned from his Cape Elizabeth position in December.
Green says he always encourages his football players to be leaders in their classroom, hallways, community, and on the field. Communication, sportsmanship, and team always come first, and his players strive for personal, educational, and athletic excellence.
Green replaces Jason McLeod, who stepped down as Portland High’s head football coach in November, after going 19-12 in three seasons. That included an 8-4 record this past season, resulting in a trip to the Class B championship game.
Read a Portland Press Herald article on Green's new role of the Bulldogs' head football coach.
The Portland Public Schools is Maine’s largest school district, with approximately 6,500 students, and is also the most diverse. About one-third of the district’s students come from homes where languages other than English are spoken—a total of more than 50 languages. 49.8 percent of the district’s students are white and 50.2 percent are students of color. Approximately half of PPS students qualify for free or reduced-price school meals.