Growing up playing for Wallsend Boys Club, he was a typical young lad dreaming of becoming a professional footballer.
Shaun Green's first taste of football was with the famous Tyneside club at the age of 10 and went on to become the captain of the Under 18 side.
Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley, Michael Carrick - the list goes on for the exceptional Geordie talent that has been developed at Wallsend Boys Club before going on to become full England internationals.
But it would be through coaching how the now 62-year-old would make his name in the game not just across the Atlantic, but around the world.
Shaun looks back on his eight years with the Wallsend Boys Club fondly and even lined up alongside current Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce.
He said: "Steve was the year younger than me but he would usually move up a year group and play in our team.
"He was quiet back then but he was exceptionally composed for a young player. His reading of the game was fantastic.
"He was at Gillingham when he started out and when he was home we would play tennis and I was pretty good friends with him."
When the Wallsend lad turned 18 he realised he wasn't going to make it professionally and instead turned his attentions to coaching with the help of a man who would go on to become a Newcastle United legend.
He said: "I knew at that point I wouldn't make a career as a footballer but I was always passionate about coaching.
"Wallsend Boys Club was a professional environment to be in, the coaching at the club really rubbed off on me.
"Peter Kirkley, Sid Sharp and Stan Nixon were my mentors and I was blessed that I crossed paths with them.
"Peter Beardsley allowed me aged 18 to take over the coaching of the Under 16s. I was only two years older than some of these guys but that really inspired me to seek this as a career."
Shaun was one of 10 siblings and attended St Aidan’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Wallsend. When he left school he got an apprenticeship as a mechanical fitter at the bustling shipyard of Swan Hunter.
After leaving Wallsend Boys Club he would go on to play local league football for North Shields, Percy Main and Heaton Stannington.
But it was when he was offered the chance to work as a coach at a soccer camp in America that would change his life forever.
Shaun's enthusiasm and unique style of coaching impressed the head coach at Brown University who named him his assistant in Rhode Island for the following season.
Shaun said: "This was such a big opportunity for me.
"When I first came over I had a really thick Geordie accent and no one understood what I was saying as I was speaking 90mph."
A year later, in 1981, he was offered a full scholarship to play football at Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia and earned degrees in health studies and physical education.
Shaun wanted the opportunity to share his passion for football. He found that at Central Connecticut State University where he became one of, if not the youngest head coach in the country at the age of 25.
A rather daunting prospect for some, but the dedicated coach took it in his stride and has gone on to have a successful career.
In more than 35 years he has led the team to several National Collegiate Athletic Association Division One titles while picking up multiple coach of the year accolades along the way.
His proudest moment was in 2014 when he was inducted into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame for his achievements.
He classes himself as a "motivational" and "creative" coach and has gone on to have a major impact on players who have gone on to have professional careers.
Among those are budding footballers from his native North East including Sunderland-born current Premier League referee Jonathan Moss.
He said: "Mossy was an interesting guy. Let me tell you, he would bitch to referees more than anyone else on the pitch when he played.
"I also brought over former Newcastle United youth team captain Rob Cavener. He was in the reserves with Andy Cole and they had to make the decision to take on one or the other and they went with Andy. So Rob then came out and played for me in America."
Shaun has gone on to publish a number of coaching books, but it is his presence online that has grown considerably over the years.
Wanting to share his coaching wisdom with others, he created Soccer Coach TV - which now has a quarter of a million subscribers on social media.
His educational videos are helping aspiring coaches from across the globe - from the UK to India.
"Right now I'm probably one of the most watched soccer coaches in the whole planet," he said.
"People like Klopp and Pep Guardiola are great coaches but they're not posting educational videos online to help people all over the world every day.
"I want to make a real impact on coaches. I got a message a few days ago from a coach in Kenya who sent me videos of him taking a session using my drills on a dirt field.
"I want to help teams get better regardless of their environment."
Shaun has built a life for himself in the Connecticut and lives with girlfriend Nicole and his three boys Kenneth, 27, Shane, 25, and Adam, 20.
But he always remembers his Geordie roots that have helped him shape his long and prestigious career.
He said: "I'm a proud of my roots and I'm proud of Newcastle. The culture of football was installed in me by my coaches back in Wallsend.
"I'm now a professor in physical education and I recently resigned as head coach after 35 years.
"I'm now focusing on Soccer Coach TV and my goal is to do a world tour to meet the fans who follow me and put the spotlight on them.
"I'm blessed that I've never had to work since leaving the shipyards because I've been living the dream every single day."
With his beloved Magpies in a relegation scrap, Shaun joked that he's still waiting on his old pal Steve Bruce to give him the call.
"I'm a Geordie 'til I die. I'm always going to support Steve Bruce," he said.
"It has been a dream of mine to coach Newcastle United. Maybe Brucey will give me a call to help out."