Brian Green recently concluded his second season as the head coach of his alma mater. Green became the 10th head coach in New Mexico State baseball program history on Friday, July 25, 2014.
Green helped guide the Aggies to the best win improvement in the country during the 2016 season. After compiling a record of 11-38-1 in 2015, Green and the Aggies finished 2016 with a record of 34-23. Among the 34 wins was an early March road upset of nationally ranked and eventual College World Series participant, Texas Tech.
In the offseason leading up to the 2016 campaign, Green and his staff were recognized for having the 37th best recruiting class in the country, as rated by Baseball America. The recruiting class included a pair of 2016 MLB draft picks (Joe Galindo – 13th round/Tyler Erwin – 23rd round). Both of the draft picks were only juniors and had just concluded their first year with the Aggies. The nationally ranked recruiting class was the 10th consecutive Green has been a part of as a coach.
Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach
Anthony Claggett begins his first season as pitching coach for the New Mexico State Aggies.Claggett spent the past year as a volunteer assistant coach for the San José State University baseball program. Claggett helped Spartans pitching coach, Dean Stiles, with pitching development and served as the first base coach.
While at San José State, Claggett led the pitching staff to finish third in the Mountain West Conference in earned run average (6.13). The former reliever also helped Josh Goldberg finish second in the conference in saves (6).Two of Claggett’s former players went on to get selected in the 2017 MLB Draft. The Cleveland Indians selected Josh Nashed in the 19th round and the San Francisco Giants took Matt Brown in the 27th round. The pair were the first Spartans drafted since 2013.
Prior to his stint with San José State, Claggett spent time at Riverside Community College. He served as the Tiger’s pitching coach and assistant recruiting coordinator in 2016.With Claggett’s help, Riverside CC finished with a record of 25-18 in a year where they reached the second round of the California Community College Athletic Association Regional Playoffs. While coaching for the Tiger’s, Claggett also led the pitching staff to finish third out of 88 teams in the CCCAA in ERA (2.83).
Terry Davis enters his first season at NM State in 2017, after spending three years at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky.
At Bellarmine, Davis served as the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator, and also worked with infielders. In addition to running the offense, Davis was also the third base coach. In his three years with the Knights, Davis helped the program to back-to-back Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament berths in 2015 and 2016. Additionally, he coached six First Team All-GLVC players and two Second Team All-GLVC players, as well as the 2015 GLVC Player of the Year, Austin Crutcher.
Before arriving at Bellarmine in 2013, Davis spent 10 years as an assistant at St. Catharine College, where he helped the Patriots move from a junior college to an NAIA member institution. During his tenure there, Davis served in a variety of roles including recruiting coordinator, overseeing team defense and assisting in the development of the Patriot hitters. Davis was instrumental in the transition to NAIA by attracting high school and junior college transfers from all over the country that would allow the Patriots to compete on a national level. Under Davis, the Patriots received votes in the NAIA Top-25 rankings in just their third year at that level. During the five years that Davis was the recruiting coordinator at the NAIA level, Davis recruited 28 athletes who received All-Mid-South Conference First or Second Team honors. Also, Davis was instrumental in the development of 10 Patriots who moved on to play professional baseball, including the program’s first ever big leaguer. Davis has developed a reputation for hard work as well as the ability to build relationships with prospective student-athletes and their families.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
NM State baseball head coach Brian Green rounded out his coaching staff on Monday with the addition of Jordan Becker as a volunteer assistant. Becker comes to Las Cruces after serving as an assistant at Riverside Community College in Riverside, Calif. last season.
“We are really excited to announce Jordan Becker as the new volunteer assistant baseball coach,” said Green. “When we began the search, skills and experience were obvious prerequisites, but not where we began the search. We believe that character, integrity, loyalty and trustworthiness are where you begin. Jordan fit all of those qualities and more. He blew us away in the interview process, and he comes from a program of consistent excellence and winning. To have a Riverside guy join the family was special for me, and we are pumped to make the announcement. He will make an immediate impact with our kids both on and off the field.”
At Riverside, Becker served as the first base coach, hitting coach and worked with the infielders. Additionally, he also assisted in recruiting. Last season, Becker helped the team qualify for the California Community College Athletics Association playoffs and finished the season in the CCCAA Southern California Regionals. During the playoffs, the Tigers became the first No. 16-seed in state history to defeat a No. 1-seed in the first round.