Former Ute softball star Charmelle Green now making an impact as Penn State's senior female athletic administrator
“When? I don’t know and I’m OK with that being an unknown at this point and time because right now what I know is I want to be the best I can be for Penn State University,” she said. “Penn State has been incredibly gracious and just a place where I’ve grown and learned from the best in the business. So I want to represent Penn State the best that I can and be a true ambassador for the institution.”
That doesn’t mean, however, that she thinks anything less of her collegiate roots.
“I love my alma mater. I love the University of Utah. Utah taught me so much about myself,” Green said. “It helped me become a better leader. It really shaped me for — and prepared me well for — the world.”
Green added that it confirmed her core values.
“I love the U.,” she said. “I’ll always be a Ute and I’m just really proud of what we were able to achieve while I was there.”
Green fondly recalls the 56 innings it took for Utah to get past Creighton in the 1991 WAC championships. She recalls the strength and courage it took to dig deep and prevail. Her coach, Jo Evans, remains a mentor and someone she trusts and continues to seek guidance from.
Making people proud, Green explained, is a large part of her motivation to excel. She listed the university, Evans (who is currently at Texas A&M) and her family among those she seeks to make proud.
“Those are the things that really drive me to succeed,” Green said. “I have goals and aspirations and I’m just going to continue to fight to achieve those at every level that I so happen to get to.”
Green continued that she just wants to make a difference.
“I love what I do. So I’m incredibly glad to be able to work in the field of sports. I love sports. I love competition. I love watching young people striving for greatness, putting in work day in and day out to achieve a common goal. That is inspiring to me.”
The opportunity to help along the way, she noted, is incredibly satisfying.
Green also values her past.
“Absolutely. I love the Utes. I will always follow and be a great supporter of my alma mater. The experience I had there was one that I will remember and cherish for my lifetime,” she explained. “I will always follow the Utes and I wish the Utes continued success. Chris Hill has done a phenomenal job in his role as athletic director and I just look forward to seeing them doing some great things in the Pac-12.”
As for a possible return to Utah someday, Green didn’t rule it out. However, she’s focused on the task at hand.
“Until then, I will continue to do what I can at Penn State be a great ambassador,” said Green, who emphasized that she loves Penn State and will continue to strive for greatness.
Green earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Utah in 1991 and a master's degree in secondary education from Indiana University South Bend in 2003. She’s married to “the love of her life” — Dr. Matthew Mooney, a professor at the Pennsylvania College of Technology.
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