A-State Baseball names McClure Volunteer Assistant Coach

A-State Baseball names McClure Volunteer Assistant Coach

JONESBORO, AR (ASU) – Arkansas State head baseball coach Tommy Raffo announced Tuesday the addition of Alex McClure as a volunteer assistant coach to the Red Wolves' coaching staff for the upcoming season.

McClure comes to A-State after serving as a coach and trainer with Diamond Dreams Sports Coaching in Sydney, Australia.

"We are very excited about adding Alex McClure to our baseball staff," Raffo said.  "He brings college and professional playing experience to the program.  He shares a passion to teach at a high level.  He will coach our defensive infield play and assist myself and coach Noah Sanders with the offense.  He has been around the college game growing up and is well suited to step in to help make A-State baseball outstanding.  We welcome Alex and his wife, Kelley, to Jonesboro."

Prior to joining Diamond Dreams Sports Coaching, McClure was an assistant baseball coach and trainer at Rossview High School in Clarksville, Tenn., for a season.  He worked with the junior varsity and varsity teams coaching infield, hitting, speed training, weightlifting, and mental preparation.  He helped the RHS varsity team win the region championship and sub-state appearance.

"I am extremely honored and excited to be a part of the Arkansas State community and baseball program," said McClure.  "I want to thank Coach Raffo for giving me the opportunity to be a part of his staff.  I'm excited to get things going and help the student athletes become better players and people, on and off the field.  My wife and I are excited to explore Jonesboro and get to know the community as well."

A native of Clarksville, Tenn., McClure played collegiately at Walters State Junior College in 2008 and Vanderbilt in 2009, where he hit .378 in 29 games as a sophomore infielder, before transferring to Middle Tennessee State prior to the 2010 season.  McClure sat out the season due to NCAA transfer rules, but was drafted in the 11th round by the Kansas City Royals.

A second baseman/shortstop by trade, McClure advanced as high as Double-A Northwest Arkansas within the Royals' organization in 2012 before doing the same during the 2013 season.  He was traded to the Miami Marlins during the 2013 season and got to the team's Double-A affiliate, the Jacksonville Suns, before retiring from professional baseball.  During his pro career he hit 36 doubles, stole 44 bases, had 89 RBIs, and registered a .969 fielding percentage in 342 games.

McClure graduated from Middle Tennessee State in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.  He was on the dean's list at MTSU in the fall and spring of 2010, while also earning the Blue Raiders' "Bust Your Butt" Award in 2010.  He was also honored with the 2012 Mike Sweeney Award, which recognizes a player who best represents the organization on and off the field.