Tigers play under the lights for first time on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Memphis and Illinois State set for three-game series at FedExPark
Pitching depth key as Tigers open season on Friday at FedExPark
Barrow is final signee of 2014 signing class during the early signing period
First scrimmage slated for Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Memphis (30-26) defeated Southern Miss (30-24) on Wednesday in game one of the 2012 Conference USA Championship presented by Trustmark
Clay Greene begins his third season as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at the University of Memphis. Greene joined head coach Daron Schoenrock after six seasons at East Tennessee State University.
Last season, the Tigers switched to the Axe bat, which helped the offense to a .266 batting average with 505 hits that included 86 doubles along with a .357 on base percentage and a .356 slugging mark. In the Tigers' second conference game, the Memphis offense recorded the fifth-biggest shutout win in program history with a 16-0 victory over Tulane.
In 2013, Greene guided freshman Jake Little to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors, the first Tiger to receive the accolade since 2009.
In his first season at Memphis, Greene coached C-USA Player of the Year Jacob Wilson and a Tigers offense that produced 106 doubles and 41 homers. The club hit .289 and slugged .409, while reaching base at a .374 clip.
While at ETSU, the Bucs claimed a program-best 36 wins in 2011 and narrowly missed out on an NCAA Tournament bid. The 2010 season saw several offensive records broken under the guidance of Greene, as the Bucs secured program records for runs scored (503), hits (724), home runs (93), doubles (142) and RBI (471).
In 2011, the ETSU offense led the nation with 86 home runs in 57 games played. Under the tutelage of Greene, the Bucs posted top-five marks in home runs in three of his six seasons at ETSU (2008, 2010, and 2011). Greene coached two-time All-American Paul Hoilman and first team All-American Bo Reeder, the fifth and sixth All-Americans in ETSU program history.
Prior to his stint at ETSU, Greene spent three seasons 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 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 two seasons with Bakersfield and a final pro season 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 teach youngsters the fundamentals of the game.
As a Vol, Greene helped Tennessee to back-to-back NCAA Regionals in 1996 and 1997. The centerfielder 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. He also reeled off a 14-game hitting streak during his final season, while swiping a Southeastern Conference single-game 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 record for stolen bases in a season with 37. He 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, AJ (7) and a daughter, Katelyn (4).