Position: Volunteer Assistant Coach
Greg Starbuck is in his fourth year with the Tiger program as volunteer assistant coach in 2019. He previously worked 17 seasons (1999-15) as an assistant coach at Elon. Starbuck coaches the infielders as well as working with the hitters and serving as the third-base coach.
The 2018 Tigers totaled 47 overall wins, 22 ACC regular-season victories, a share of the ACC regular-season title and an outright ACC Atlantic Division championship. Those four achievements were all firsts for the program since 2006. Clemson finished ranked as high as No. 12 in the nation by Perfect Game and were also ranked in the top 25 during all 19 weeks. Clemson was third in the nation in homers (98) and had a school-record .975 fielding percentage as well. Seth Beer (first) and Logan Davidson (third) earned All-America honors, as Beer became just the second three-time All-American in Clemson history and was a first-round draft pick by the Houston Astros.
In 2017, the Tigers totaled 42 wins and hosted a regional. The 2017 squad was ranked in the top 10 for 10 straight weeks and finished ranked No. 22 in the coaches poll. The Tigers were also ranked in the top 25 during all 19 weeks. They totaled 73 home runs, a .381 on-base percentage and .970 fielding percentage. Reed Rohlman was a second-team All-American and First-Team All-ACC selection who batted .361 and had a 20-game hitting streak. Seth Beer was a second-team All-American who led the team in homers (16), RBIs (53) and on-base percentage (.478).
Starbuck helped coach the 2016 team to 44 wins, the ACC championship and a top-eight national seed under first-year head coach Monte Lee. Clemson, who was ranked No. 15 in the final USA Today coaches poll, slugged an ACC-high 75 homers, tied for seventh most in the nation, thanks in large part to Beer, who won the Dick Howser Trophy. Beer, who batted .369 with 18 homers, 70 RBIs and a .535 on-base percentage, became the first freshman to win the award and the first freshman to be named ACC Player-of-the-Year.
With the Phoenix program, 14 of his teams won at least 30 games. He also helped Elon capture four SoCon regular-season titles, two SoCon Tournament championships and make six trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Starbuck coached 45 Phoenix players who received first or second-team all-conference honors. He also coached two Academic All-Americans, two SoCon Freshmen-of-the-Year, two SoCon Pitchers-of-the-Year and three SoCon Players-of-the-Year.
In 2013, Elon won its second SoCon Tournament title and advanced to NCAA Regional play, where it reached the regional finals.
In 2009, the Phoenix took home the regular-season conference title for the second straight year and third time in four years. Elon had a 22-3 league record and was 41-18 overall. The Phoenix earned a berth as a No. 2 seed in the Atlanta (Ga.) Regional and had the program’s first top-25 finish at No. 24 in the Baseball America final ranking. That team also set program records for runs (604), hits (711), doubles (137), home runs (138) and RBIs (558).
In 2006, Starbuck was a part of Elon’s first-ever SoCon regular-season title with a 21-6 league mark. The team also collected its second regional berth in five seasons, playing in the Clemson (S.C.) Regional as the No. 2 seed.
During Elon’s historic 100th season of baseball in 2002, Starbuck helped the squad compile a 34-23 record. In just its third official season of Division I baseball, the Phoenix received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and played in the Clemson Regional.
Prior to his time at Elon, Starbuck was the head coach at Carver (N.C.) High School from 1991-98. He also served as an assistant coach for the Kernersville (N.C.) Legion team from 1986-88, was co-head coach from 1989-97 and served as head coach in 1998,99.
Starbuck played at UNC Asheville as a shortstop for two years (1985,86) after transferring from Montreat, where he played two seasons (1983,84). He played all four seasons of college ball under head coach Kenny Bagwell, who played (1970,72) and was an assistant coach (1975,77) at Clemson.
The native of Kernersville, N.C., received his bachelor of science degree in physical education from Winston-Salem State in 1991. Starbuck and his wife, April, have three sons, Mac, Banks and Jackson, and a daughter, Brettlyn. Starbuck was born June 11, 1964 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
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