UK Assistant Brian Green Presents at ABCA Convention
NASHVILLE -- Kentucky baseball assistant coach Brian Green – UK’s third-year offensive coordinator and infield coach – was honored as a featured presenter on infield defense at the American Baseball Coaches Association Convention, held over the weekend at the iconic Gaylord Opryland Hotel.
Green was a featured presenter at the ABCA Convention, a prestigious honor for the California native. Green presented on Sunday morning and specifically covered infield defense in his presentation, in front of an estimated 5,000 baseball coaches.
“To have the honor to speak at the ABCA Convention was indescribable,” Green said. “It was a proud moment for myself and my family, but even more important to me was the opportunity to represent the University of Kentucky, coach (Gary) Henderson, our coaching staff and players. Doing so at the national convention is something that I will cherish for the rest of my career.”
Green’s presentation was entitled “double play and position specific skills” and included detailed instruction on infield defense. Green utilized a 55-slide PowerPoint presentation, including a bevy of videos and pictures highlighting proper techniques. He concluded the presentation with a UK baseball defensive highlight video, featuring impressive plays from former and current UK infielders, Chris Bisson, Taylor Black, Braden Kapteyn, Gunner Glad and Chris Wade.
In his two years at Kentucky, Green has had a noticeable impact on the UK defensive unit, guiding three All-Southeastern Conference middle infielders, Bisson (2009, 2010) and Wade (2009). Black, a former freshman All-America selection at Charleston Southern and a junior-college transfer in 2010, stepped in as UK’s starting shortstop last year and finished the regular-season ranked second in the SEC in assists (175) and 11th in double plays turned (34), while Bisson ranked ninth in assists (146) in 2010. In Green’s first year at UK, Wade earned second-team All-SEC honors as UK’s everyday shortstop, becoming the first UK shortstop to earn All-SEC accolades since 1961. Before signing as an 11th-round pick of the Florida Marlins in the 2009 MLB Draft, Wade had a dynamic defensive season in 2009, totaling just eight errors. Green’s impact can also be seen on the total number of double plays UK has turned since his arrival, as the Wildcats turned 41 double plays in 2009 and a total of 52 twin killings in 2010, ranking fourth in the SEC.
Before coming to Kentucky, Green made assistant coaching stops at UCLA, Hawaii, San Diego and Oregon State. While at UCLA from 2005-08, Green guided several standouts, including shortstop Brandon Crawford, a freshman All-American, member of the USA National Team and an eventual top prospect in the San Francisco Giants system. In 2006, Green’s infielders contributed to UCLA’s .977 fielding percentage, tops in the Pac-10 and ranking sixth in the nation.
“We are really proud of Brian,” UK head coach Gary Henderson, who was also a featured presenter at the 2008 ABCA Convention in Philadelphia, said. “His presentation was excellent, insightful and entertaining. He was a tremendous representative of the University of Kentucky and our baseball program.”