Greener to be guest speaker at Valley


Greener to be guest speaker at Valley


Becky Walz


On Tuesday, May 7, Valley students, parents, and staff will gather for the final time to celebrate the rich traditions of the Tiger athletics at the annual Athletic Banquet.

A potluck will begin the night’s activities at 6:30 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Among the festivities, 1980 Valley graduate Alan Greener will be speaking to those in attendance. The Bernie Saggau, Friend of the School and other coach’s awards will be handed out.

Greener is the pep band director for the Louisville Cardinals and performed for both the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball title games in April.

From the small confines of Valley’s gymnasium, Greener found himself on basketball’s biggest stage in April as people who remembered him from back home tried to get a glimpse of him when the band was shown on national TV.

Greener and his musicians celebrated on the floor with men’s coach Rick Pitino after the epic 82-76 victory over Michigan in Atlanta.

The former Tiger then had to help pack up his band and all their instruments for a quick 462-mile bus ride to New Orleans for the women’s final. 

Greener is also seated at the organ at all Louisville baseball and softball games.

The son of Arden and Marlene Greener of Elgin, Alan admits he wasn’t much of an athlete at Valley, but that didn’t deter his love for sports that began at an early age. 

Greener said, “My hometown and college gave me a lot of memories.”



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