The Monte Lee era has begun!
The 38-year-old was introducted to the media and Tiger fans everythere during a press conference in the WestZone at Memorial Stadium. read more
Monte Lee was named Clemson’s head baseball coach, announced June 18, 2015 by director of athletics Dan Radakovich. Lee served as head coach at College of Charleston for the previous seven seasons (2009-15), leading the program to a 276-145 (.656) record and four berths in the NCAA Tournament, including 2014 and 2015.
“Monte is a gifted coach whose track record of success is a testament to his energy, coaching acumen and commitment to student-athletes,” said Radakovich. “I am confident that his leadership will create renewed momentum and optimism for Clemson baseball. The relationships he’s created through a lifetime of baseball in our state along with his proven successes make him the right fit for our program, and we’re excited to welcome him to the Clemson Family.”
Lee, 38, received national acclaim in 2012 when he was named one of Baseball America’s top-10 head coaches in under the age of 40. He led the Cougars to four NCAA Tournament appearances, winning the Gainesville (Fla.) Regional in 2014 and advancing to the Lubbock (Texas) Super Regional after capturing the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament championship.
In his seven years at College of Charleston, Lee coached four conference players-of-the-year, two conference pitchers-of-the-year and two conference freshmen-of-the-year. Lee won 200 games at College of Charleston faster than any coach in school history. His teams consistently ranked among the nation’s best offenses.
Bradley LeCroy is his 10th year as an assistant coach with the Tiger program in 2017. He is in his second stint in Tigertown, as he served as a volunteer assistant coach at Clemson from 2003-05. LeCroy (pronounced luh-CROY) also serves as recruiting coordinator and coaches the infielders as well as working with the hitters.
LeCroy’s 2012 recruiting class (2013 newcomers) was rated No. 5 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball, while his 2013 recruiting class (2014 newcomers) was rated No. 16 in the nation by Baseball America. That was a big reason LeCroy was rated as the No. 9 assistant coach in the nation by Baseball America prior to the 2013 season. The 2015 recruiting class (2016 newcomers) was rated No. 23 in the nation by Baseball America, while the 2016 recruiting class (2017 newcomers) was rated No. 12 in the country by Collegiate Baseball, No. 13 by D1Baseball and No. 15 by Baseball America. He was also rated the No. 10 recruiter in the nation by D1Baseball prior to the 2017 season.
LeCroy coached the 2016 team to 44 wins, the ACC championship and a top-eight national seed under first-year head coach Monte Lee. Clemson, who was ranked No. 15 in the final USA Today coaches poll, slugged an ACC-high 75 homers, tied for seventh most in the nation, thanks in large part to outfielder Seth Beer, who won the Dick Howser Trophy. Beer, who batted .369 with 18 homers, 70 RBIs and a .535 on-base percentage, became the first freshman to win the award and the first freshman to be named ACC Player-of-the-Year. LeCroy also worked with first-team All-America catcher Chris Okey, who hit .339 with 15 homers and 74 RBIs. Okey was a second-round draft pick after the season.
Andrew See is in his second year with the Tiger program as pitching coach in 2017. See previously worked three seasons (2013-15) as pitching coach at Duke.
See coached the 2016 team, who was ranked No. 15 in the final USA Today coaches poll, to 44 wins, the ACC championship and a top-eight national seed under first-year head coach Monte Lee. A major key was Clemson’s school-record 14 one-run wins against only six one-run losses and 5-1 record in extra-inning games. First-team All-American Pat Krall led the pitching staff, as he became the first Tiger in history to lead the team outright in wins (10) and saves (5) in a season. He was 10-2 with an ACC-best 1.67 ERA in 80.2 innings pitched over 29 appearances (three starts). For his efforts, he was named one of the top-11 assistant coaches in the nation after the season by D1Baseball. He was also rated tied for the 29th-best recruiter in the nation by D1Baseball prior to the 2017 season.
In 2014 and 2015, See led the Blue Devils to their best-two ERA marks since the advent of the aluminum bat. Despite his top-two starters suffering injuries in 2015, the staff had a 3.29 ERA, while his 2014 staff had a 3.14 ERA, the program’s best mark since 1971 and its first sub-4.00 ERA since 1993.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Greg Starbuck is in his second year with the Tiger program as volunteer assistant coach in 2017. He previously worked 17 seasons (1999-15) as an assistant coach at Elon. Starbuck coaches the outfielders as well as working with the hitters and serving as the third-base coach.
Starbuck coached the 2016 team to 44 wins, the ACC championship and a top-eight national seed under first-year head coach Monte Lee. Clemson, who was ranked No. 15 in the final USA Today coaches poll, slugged an ACC-high 75 homers, tied for seventh most in the nation, thanks in large part to Seth Beer, who won the Dick Howser Trophy. Beer, who batted .369 with 18 homers, 70 RBIs and a .535 on-base percentage, became the first freshman to win the award and the first freshman to be named ACC Player-of-the-Year.
With the Phoenix program, 14 of his teams won at least 30 games. He also helped Elon capture four SoCon regular-season titles, two SoCon Tournament championships and make six trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Director of Baseball Operations
Brad Owens is in his 10th season with the Tiger program in 2017, serving as director of baseball operations. He is in charge of all team travel and camps for the program along with handling many other administrative duties.
The native of Barnwell, S.C., attended nearby Anderson (S.C.) University, where he was a four-time letterman. The righthanded middle reliever lettered from 2003-06 and served as team captain during his senior season. In his four-year career, he made 52 appearances (one start) on the mound and pitched 73.0 innings.
In both 2005 and 2006, he won the Trojan Challenge, the squad’s offseason conditioning competition. Owens was also a member of the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference All-Academic team as a senior and was a Dean’s List student for three years.