BOONE — Ethan Greene was one of the leaders of the Watauga baseball team as a player, most notably as the team’s top pitcher during his season.
That was in 2012. In 2019, Greene is still a leader with the Watauga baseball program. The Watauga High and Pfeiffer University graduate was named the head baseball coach in a news release from Watauga High Athletic Director Dustin Kerley.
Greene replaces Seth Freeman, who stepped down at the end of the 2019 season after being the head coach for two seasons. Greene was the junior varsity head coach and helped the varsity as an assistant.
Greene also coached both the Watauga instructional teams over the summer. The older players are comprised of future varsity players in 2020, while the younger players are likely to play junior varsity next season.
Greene guided the Watauga JV team to a 9-8-1 overall record, 7-5-1 mark in the Northwestern Conference. Watauga’s varsity team finished the 2015 season with a 10-15 record and 9-5 in the NWC. The Pioneers reached the state 3-A playoffs, but lost 7-2 in Asheville to A.C. Reynolds.
Greene, who also was the quarterback and punter of Watauga’s football team in 2011, was the ace of the Watauga pitching staff in 2012. He pitched Watauga to a win in the first round of the state 4-A playoffs in 2012, but lost a 3-2 decision in nine innings to then-No. 1 ranked T.C. Roberson in the second round. T.C. Roberson was also ranked No. 44 in the nation in an ESPN poll.
Greene pitched for Pfeiffer from 2013-16. He finished his senior season with an 8-3 record and a 3.66 ERA. He set the Falcons’ all-time career pitching victories with 27, and led the team in his senior season with 96 innings pitched. He also led the Falcons that season with 79 strikeouts.
Greene played at Watauga under coach Pete Hardee with Watauga and Dusty Blake at Pfeiffer. Blake left Pfeiffer in 2017 to be the pitching coach at Duke under former App State head coach Chris Pollard.