Returning for his third year as a volunteer coach is former Volunteers outfielder Clay Greene. He works with the outfielders and coaches first base during games.
Greene, who was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 31st round 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.
Greene 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.
He originally came to Tennessee in the fall of 1994, but opted to transfer after one semester to Cleveland (Tenn.) State Community College for more playing time and to improve his skills. Once at CSCC, Greene went on to set school records for stolen bases in a season (52) and career (97) while earning All-Conference and All-Region honors.
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 on the Lady Vols soccer team from 1996-99. His brother, Brad, was a pitcher for the Vols from 1994-95.