Following a shared regular season championship in the WAC, Brian Green, who spent five seasons as the NMSU baseball coach, has been named the next head coach for Washington State, first reported by Kendall Rogers of D1 Baseball.

The Cougars fired head coach Marty Lees after four seasons, where the Cougars went 70-137-2 and 32-83-2 in Pac-12 play.

Green finished his tenure at NMSU going 158-122-1 overall through five seasons, and 82-46-1 in WAC play. One of the highlights of his career with the Aggies was reaching the NCAA Regional in 2018 with a WAC Tournament championship.

Last December, Green signed a four-year contract extension, which would have increased his annual salary each year. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Green would have made $141,000 by 2022.

Green brings vast Pacific Northwest coaching experience to Washington State, having worked at San Diego and UCLA, along with coaching stints at Hawaii and Kentucky.

 

At NMSU, Green turned the Aggies from 11-38-1 in 2015 to a 34-23 finish in 2016. The Cougars finished 11-42-1 in 2019, pinning them beside the worst of the conference. The hope from Washington State is that Green can provide a turnaround at Washington State and continue the coaching success he had at NMSU.

NMSU Athletic Director Mario Moccia will now be tasked in hiring a coach to succeed Green, who has some big shoes to fill.