University of Kentucky assistant baseball coach Brian Green is returning to his alma mater.
Green was hired Thursday as the head coach at New Mexico State University, where he will try to revive a program that fell on hard times in recent seasons.
Green played at New Mexico State in 1994 and was a student assistant coach there in 1995. He has spent the past six seasons at UK.
Green replaces Rocky Ward, who coached the Aggies for 16 seasons, posting a 455-458-2 record. New Mexico State finished 23-31 in 2014.
Green beat out four other finalists for the job, according to the Las Cruces (N.M.) Sun-News: Villanova head coach Joe Godri, Lamar Community College coach Scott Crampton, Utah Valley assistant coach Cooper Fouts and Utah head coach Tim Esmay.
Green, a native of Temecu la, Calif., has served as UK's offensive coordinator and infield defensive coach. During his time in Lexington, he has guided one of the top offensive units in the nation, implementing a style that puts emphasis on speed and athleticism, with an aggressive approach at the plate and on the base paths.
Before coming to Kentucky, Green was an assistant for four years at UCLA. His coaching career also has included stops at Hawaii, Oregon State, San Diego, Chapman University, Cal Poly-Pomona and Riverside Community College.
Before transferring to New Mexico State, Green was a player at Chapman under current UK head coach Gary Henderson.
Green, 41, graduated from New Mexico State in 1995 with a degree in business management and earned a master's degree in education from National University in 1997.