Feb. 3, 2011

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Steve Greene has been named assistant volleyball coach at Texas A&M, Aggie head coach Laurie Corbelli announced.

Greene has been an assistant coach at Houston Baptist University the last two seasons, joining the Huskies program after serving two years as assistant coach at California State University Monterey Bay.

"We are excited to have Steve join our program," Corbelli said. "The people I talked to and trust and have known for many, many years highly recommended him and consistently told me that I wouldn't find anyone who is more energetic, more positive, a harder worker and more passionate about teaching, in addition to being a top-notch recruiter."

After a sub-.500 season in his first year with the Huskies, Greene, 33, helped transition HBU to a 17-13 record in 2010. In addition, he was instrumental in the program landing four players during the early signing period last fall, marking the largest early signing class in the history of the program.

Greene, a native of Orange County, Calif., will primarily work with the setters and serve as recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M, in addition to other assistant coaching duties.

"Steve grew up playing the game and was an accomplished setter at a high level," Corbelli said. "He understands the game from the quarterback position, and that was really important to us because it is such a crucial position and we have three young setters in our program.

"He also has a lot of connections and knows a lot of people all over the country, but especially on the West Coast. And with his outgoing personality, his willingness to sell Texas A&M and our program and his enthusiasm to be on the road a lot looking for the best talent we can possibly get, all of those factors were certainly important to us.

"In addition, he fit my top criteria for a high, positive-energy person who brings a freshness and a totally new set of eyes and perspective, and someone who can come in and challenge both the staff and players to help us grow."

Greene began his career as an assistant coach in 2000 at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif., and helped lead the Monarchs to two state titles and three national top-10 finishes. In 2002, he left Archbishop Mitty to start the volleyball program and serve as head coach at Saint Francis High School in Watsonville, Calif.

Greene was named head coach at Notre Dame High School in Salinas, Calif., in 2004 and served for three seasons before joining the staff at CSU Monterey Bay. While at Notre Dame, Greene was named Monterey County Coach of the Year and earned the Central Coast Section Championship coach award in 2004.

Greene also coached at the club level from 2002-07 with Main Beach, Salinas Valley and Vision Volleyball Clubs until founding Sensation Volleyball Club in 2006.

"I'm excited for the opportunity to coach at Texas A&M," Greene said. "Laurie and John (Corbelli, Texas A&M associate head coach) have a good reputation, and I have heard great things about them and Texas A&M.

"Plus recruiting and setting have always been my favorite two areas, and I look forward to adding energy and providing an outside perspective. It is bitter-sweet leaving HBU, but I'm excited to get started at A&M."

Greene, who starts at A&M on Monday, was the setter and team captain at Irvine Valley College from 1997-98 and 1999-2000. He earned a degree in kinesiology from CSU Monterey Bay in 2008.

Greene is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association, national Strength and Conditioning Association and has earned IMPACT Coaching Certification from USA Volleyball.

He is married to the former Alyson Converse, who is a high school teacher and writer.

Greene replaces LJ Sariego, a club coach at Texas Advantage who was hired for the 2010 season after Robyn Romansky resigned in August to spend more time with her family.

"LJ is one of the best and the top coach for Texas Advantage," Corbelli said. "He is very good at what he does, and we had a wonderful experience with him. He offered a lot for our program during the fall, and we are very grateful that he was able to take time out of his busy schedule to help us for three months. He is now a great friend and fan of Texas A&M."