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Clay Greene enters his sixth season as an assistant coach at ETSU. He works primarily with outfielders and team base running, along with assisting head coach Tony Skole with the hitters and coordinating the Bucs recruiting efforts.
With Greene on the staff the Bucs have seen some of its most productive offensive seasons as the Bucs scored a record 503 runs in 2010 surpassing the NCAA regional team of 1981 that won a school best 41 games. ETSU also posted a school record in hits (724), home runs (93), doubles (142) and RBI (471) the same year.
“First of all I am very proud to have such a quality person on our staff,” Skole said. “Our program is producing successful young men because we have good people like Coach Greene around them on a daily basis. To work for me you have to be passionate about baseball and passionate about helping young people become successful. He has these passions.”
“Coach Greene brings a lot of positives to our program and has been a great asset to ETSU Baseball. It has been very gratifying to watch him get better and better each year he has been with us. He has really grown as a teacher and especially as a recruiter. Coach Greene is on his way to becoming one of the top young, assistant coaches in our profession. He has experience at the highest levels of baseball and he has a very innovative and creative mind when it comes to teaching baseball. Coach Greene had a tremendous career as a player and he relates those experiences very well to our players.”
Greene comes to ETSU after spending three years at the University of Tennessee as an assistant, helping guide the Volunteers to the College World Series in 2005. Prior to his coaching career, Greene also played for Tennessee from 1996-97, and spent four seasons playing professionally in the San Francisco farm system.
Greene, who was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 1997, played four seasons in the minor leagues. He began his career with Salem-Keizer in the short-season Northwest League before spending three seasons with the San Jose Giants in the Class A Advanced California League from 1998-2000. He also spent two years coaching at the Thunder Baseball School in Knoxville, Tenn., helping to tutor youngsters in the fundamentals of the game.
As a Vol, Greene helped lead Tennessee to back-to-back NCAA Regionals in 1996 and 1997. The center fielder led the nation and set a then-school-record with 54 stolen bases during his senior campaign. He finished his two-year career with a .318 average, eight home runs and 87 stolen bases. Greene also reeled off a 14-game hitting streak during his final season, while swiping a Southeastern Conference-record six bases in seven attempts against MTSU.
A native of Cleveland, Tenn., he helped lead Cleveland High School to a district title and a runner-up finish in the regional during his senior campaign. He also established a school mark for stolen bases in a season with 37. He was born Nov. 10, 1974, and earned his degree in sport management from the University of Tennessee in 2001.
Greene is married to the former Heather Redecker, who played soccer at the University of Tennessee from 1996-99. The couple has a son named AJ (4) and a daughter named Katelyn (1).