Florida basketball great Taurean Green is returning to Gainesville. Green, the point guard on UF’s back-to-back national championship teams (2006, ’07), will be joining new the staff of the new Gators head coach Todd Golden as director of player development.

“We’re going to bring in Taurean Green to be our director of player development, which I’m really, really excited about,” Golden said on the “Field of 68” podcast, per 247Sports.

Green is currently on Billy Donovan’s Chicago Bulls staff as a player-development coordinator. Golden said Green will be back at Florida after the Bulls’ season is over.

“We’re going to bring him after the season’s over, I hope they go win the title. We haven’t announced him yet, but he was super. Billy was super on board with it and he thought it was a great idea to bring back somebody that really understood what made Florida great.”

Green was part of a legendary class that became known as “The 04s.” Green, Al Horford, Joakim Noah and Corey Brewer arrived in 2004 and all went on to play professionally after leading Florida basketball to its first 2 NCAA championships. Lee Humphrey, class of 2003, was the fifth starter with the 04s on the title teams. Humphrey is now part of the Gator Radio Network’s basketball broadcasts.

Green spent time in the NBA in 2007 and ’08. He went on to play professionally in Europe from 2008-to-2021 before retiring.