New Mexico State head baseball coach Brian Green has been given a new four-year contract that keeps the Aggies skipper through 2022, effective immediately. Green completed his fourth season as the head coach of his alma mater in June of 2018 after being named the 10th head coach in New Mexico State baseball history on Friday, July 25, 2014.
NMSU head baseball coach Brian Green (@bbgreens5) inks a four-year contract that keeps the Aggies skipper in Las Cruces through 2022. Green has guided @NMStateBaseball to 109 wins the last three seasons and three-straight nationally ranked recruiting classes. #KTSM9Sports pic.twitter.com/IqSvTxHQfj— Andy Morgan (@AndyMorganTV) December 10, 2018
After signing the new contract to remain in the City of Crosses, head coach Brian Green said, “What a great day for Becki and me and our coaching staff in Las Cruces. I’d like to personally thank Chancellor Arvizu and Chief of Staff Martinez for teaming with Mario Moccia and Braun Cartwright to honor me and Becki with a four-year extension. I’d also like to thank the members of the community whom have invested in the Green family and this coaching staff to continue to build this program into the winner we all know it can and will continue to be, Aggie Up!”
At the conclusion of the 2018 season, Green has guided NM State to 109 wins in a three-year stretch. That stretch also includes three-straight nationally ranked recruiting classes. Since 2016, Green has helped send 10 players to the professional ranks, including a trio of top-six round picks the last three years. Under his watch, the Aggies have also had five players earn postseason All-American honors over three seasons.
“Five years ago I left the SEC and the University of Kentucky with a clear vision of building my alma mater into a post-season contender,” said Green. “We said we would inspire the community, we said we would recruit and develop and we said we would teach within a system of excellence. With three department community service awards, three top-40 recruiting classes, and 109 wins in three seasons including 40 wins, a WAC championship and an NCAA regional appearance in 2018. We are proud of our pursuit of building trust and creating a program and brand we can all be proud of past, present and future here in Las Cruces.”
Green guided the Aggies to a historic season in 2018, leading the team to a 40-22 overall record, a 17-7 mark in Western Athletic Conference play, the first WAC Tournament title in program history and just the fourth regional appearance in the history of the program. 2018 also marked just the second time in program history in which the team recorded 40 wins and reached an NCAA Regional.
Along the way in 2018, NM State shattered three team records and five individual records. NM State established new single-season team records in strikeouts (537), hit by pitch (119) and team fielding percentage (.977). Individually, Kyle Bradish broke the school record for strikeouts in a season (140), Jonathan Groff broke the record for wins (11), Brock Whittlesey broke the saves record (12), Tristen Carranza was hit by a program record 21 pitches and Caleb Henderson set a new school record for games played (62).
NM State placed seven players on the All-WAC list at the end of the regular season with three players claiming All-American honors. Groff became the first conference pitcher of the year in program history while Nick Gonzales earned WAC Freshman of the Year honors, the first Aggie to receive the honor in the school’s history in the conference.
Groff, Bradish and Gonzales all captured All-American honors, as well. Groff earned Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Second Team All-American honors while Bradish was named a Third Team All-American by Perfect Game/Rawlings. Meanwhile, Gonzales captured Freshman All-American honors from three different publications (Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, NCBWA and Perfect Game/Rawlings).
In June of 2018, following an illustrious career with the Crimson & White, Bradish became the highest drafted player in program history when the Los Angeles Angels selected him in the fourth round (pick 121 overall). Bradish became the third Aggie since 2016 to be drafted in the top six rounds, joining former teammates Daniel Johnson (5th Round – Washington Nationals) and Marcel Renteria (6th Round – New York Mets).
“Signing Coach Green to a new contract is a tremendous moment for our baseball program,” said New Mexico State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia. “Brian is an alum, a tireless worker and he has completely changed the program in his time as skipper. From an 11-win inaugural season to 36, 37 and 40 with a WAC Tournament berth and an NCAA Regional appearance is a phenomenal achievement. Consecutively ranked recruiting classes, multiple players taken in the MLB draft and increased crowds and fundraising are wonderful achievements as well but his teams efforts in the community and dedication to Las Cruces social causes is certainly the cherry on top. As a former baseball alumni I am glad we have this new contract will add stability to our program.”
Green 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. The Aggie also began his coaching career as a student assistant at NM State in 1994. He is married to the former Becki Francis, also an NM State graduate. The Greens have two daughters, Emily Rae and Zoe Addison and are proud residents of Las Cruces.