COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Mike Clement has joined the Texas A&M baseball program as its volunteer assistant, head coach Rob Childress announced Tuesday.
A native of Marshalltown, Iowa, Clement comes to Aggieland after spending the previous four seasons on the staff at UTSA, the last three as a full-time assistant. At A&M, he will work with the catchers, coach first base and assist with the hitters and with on-campus recruiting.
“I feel like we’ve hit a home run in getting Mike on our staff,” Childress said. “He did an incredible job for four years at UTSA, and for us to get someone of his caliber here at Texas A&M, we’re very, very fortunate. He’s going to be a major asset to us in every area within the program.”
As the Roadrunners’ hitting and third base coach, Clement worked with the catchers and outfielders and the team excelled in all areas. In his four seasons in San Antonio, UTSA won two Southland Conference regular-season titles, 16 hitters earned all-SLC honors and the offense set a total of 30 school records.
In 2009, the Roadrunner bats rewrote the record books for the second straight season, setting new highs for five offensive categories, including home runs, hits and batting average. The prolific offensive output came immediately after a 2008 campaign that saw UTSA set seven school records.
All-American Michael Rockett developed into one of the country's top center fielders under Clement's watchful eye, throwing out 26 runners trying to advance on the basepaths during his four-year career. Meanwhile, catcher Zach Etheredge posted a .987 fielding percentage, allowed just four passed balls and threw out 27 percent of base runners attempting to steal in his final two seasons as the regular starter.
“This is an outstanding opportunity, one that doesn’t come along very often,” Clement said. “It was a tough call, because I loved where I was and wasn’t looking to go anywhere, but this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I wanted to take advantage of. I really respect the job that Rob and his staff have done here, and it’s something I want to be a part of. I want to help them break down that door and take the program to the next level.”
Prior to coming to UTSA for the 2006 campaign, Clement served as an assistant for one year at Kirkwood Junior College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa). He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, and then spent one year at Loyola High School in Los Angeles. Clement also was an assistant coach for the Orleans Cardinals in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) in the summers of 2005 and ’06 and he helped lead the team to the 2005 CCBL Championship.
A former college catcher, he played two seasons at Kirkwood, during which time the team posted a 91-25 record. Clement finished his college career at Morningside, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education/secondary education in 2002. He then played professionally for the Canton Coyotes of the Frontier League for one season.
His younger brother, Jeff, was an All-America catcher at USC from 2003-05 and is currently playing in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.