LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Brian Green, who has spent the previous four years as the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator at UCLA, has been named the new assistant coach at Kentucky, UK head coach Gary Henderson announced on Wednesday.
Green, a four-year assistant coach at UCLA, comes to UK as one of the top hitting instructors and offensive minds in college baseball. A tenacious recruiter, Green has had tremendous success while on the West Coast with traditional power UCLA.
“I am real excited to have the opportunity to coach at a place like Kentucky and in a conference like the SEC,” Green said. “I am glad to have a chance to work with coach Henderson and coach Bohannon again and to have an opportunity to work with Mitch Barnhart, Rob Mullens and the entire UK Athletics Department. We are really looking forward to continuing the tradition of success at UK and are eager to get to work.”
When Henderson served as the head coach of Chapman College (Calif.) in 1993, Green was a player. After finishing out his playing career at New Mexico State, Green embarked on a coaching career at his alma matter, serving as a student assistant. Green and Henderson reconnected in 2001, as Green served as the volunteer assistant at Oregon State when Henderson was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
“We are extremely happy to announce the addition of Brian Green to our coaching staff in addition to Brad Bohannon and Keith Vorhoff,” Henderson announced. “Brian is an outstanding coach, with a proven track record of success. With the addition of Brian, we have one of the best coaching staff’s in college baseball.”
Green helped lead the Bruins to 99 wins in the last three years, posting 33 wins each season. Green had a huge impact in recruiting to bulk of the Bruins roster, in addition to coordinating the UCLA infield defense and overseeing the Bruins offensive attack.
Green’s instruction as the infield coach the past three seasons had tangible results, as Bruins cornerstone infielders Jermaine Curtis (third base) and Brandon Crawford (shortstop) earned All-Pac-10 recognition all three years. Likewise, second baseman Alden Carrithers gained All-Pac-10 honorable mention accolades in 2007 before earning All-Pac-10 honors in 2008.
The Bruins turned a Pac-10-leading 65 double plays in 2008, as Crawford and Carrithers helped steady UCLA’s defense up the middle.
In 2007, Green guided UCLA’s hitters to a .296 batting average and 51 home runs, the fourth-highest total in the Pac-10 Conference. That spring, Gabe Cohen compiled a .345 batting average, belting 10 home runs and totaling 36 RBI to earned Pac-10 Co-Newcomer of the Year honors with USC shortstop Grant Green.
In his two seasons as the UCLA recruiting coordinator, Green helped secure the No. 13 and No. 7 best recruiting classes in the nation in the fall of 2006 and fall of 2007, respectively, as ranked by Baseball America. Green also played a large role in assisting UCLA land the No. 5 ranked recruiting class in 2005, as rated by Baseball America.
In his 15 seasons as an assistant coach, Green has compiled a 426-326-2 record (.566).
In 2006, Green’s infielders contributed to UCLA’s .977 fielding percentage, tops in the Pac-10 and sixth in the nation. Crawford earned freshman All-America honors that season before playing for the USA National Team in the summer of 2006. Curtis gained All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors after leading all Bruin starters with a .325 batting average.
While serving as an assistant at the University of Hawaii in 2003 and 2004, Green doubled as the team’s hitting instructor, infield coach and baserunning coach. He also assisted with recruiting efforts. In 2004, Green helped Hawaii head coach Mike Trapasso earn 2004 Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors, and in 2003 he coached two Warriors who earned Freshman All-America accolades.
Prior to his time at Hawaii, Green was an assistant at the University of San Diego for the 2002 season. Green helped the Toreros capture their first West Coast Conference title in school history, as USD led the conference in batting average, runs scored, walks and fewest strikeouts. Head coach Rich Hill gained WCC Coach of the Year honors that season.
In the summers of 2001 and 2002, Green served as head coach of the Kenai Peninsula Oilers of the Alaskan Summer Baseball League. In 2001, Green’s Oilers became the only Alaskan League team to defeat the U.S. National Team, winning 4-1.
Green also spent time as a volunteer assistant in 2001 at Oregon State as well as serving stints at Chapman University, Cal Poly Pomona and Riverside Community College. At Chapman in 2000, Green helped lead the school to a third-place finish at the Division III World Series. In 1999, he helped lead Chapman to a 39-5 overall finish. That season, Green guided the Panthers’ infield corps, which led the nation in double plays turned.
In 1994, Green began his coaching career, serving as a student assistant at his alma mater, New Mexico State. He played two years of Division I baseball – one at Chapman (1993) and one at New Mexico State (1994). Green spent his first two collegiate seasons playing at Riverside Community College (1991-92).
Green, 36, graduated from New Mexico State with a degree in Business Management in 1995 and earned his Master’s Degree in Education from National University in 1997.
He is married to the former Becki Francis. The couple reside with their daughter, Emily Rae (born February 2004), in Belmont Shore, Calif.