Chris Clemons is in his second season as Baylor's volunteer assistant; he came to Baylor from nearby McLennan Community College. Clemons, a native of McGregor, Texas, handles the Baylor pitching staff and oversees field maintenance at Baylor Ballpark.
In his first season at Baylor, Clemons had two pitchers earn honorable mention All-Big 12 Conference honors -- Nick Cassavechia and Kendal Volz. Cassavechia was a NCBWA National Stopper of the Year semifinalist, tying for second in the Big 12 and 23rd nationally with 11 saves. Volz, meanwhile, became just the sixth freshman in Baylor history to record at least six victories and only the fourth to accomplish the feat in the last 15 years. He also earned all-tournament honors at the Big 12 Championship after a championship-record 13-strikeout performance against Oklahoma.
Three other pitchers earned honors during Clemons' first year with the Bears. Wade Mackey was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week after a two-hit, complete-game shutout at 23rd-ranked TCU, becoming the first Bear to throw a complete game in a midweek contest since 1995. Randall Linebaugh earned all-tournament honors at the NCAA Houston Regional. Jeff Mandel was named Most Outstanding Pitcher at the Quala-T Imprints Baylor Classic; at season's end, Mandel was drafted in the 19th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Washington Nationals.
Prior to joining Steve Smith's staff at Baylor, Clemons spent three seasons at McLennan Community College in Waco, where he worked with the Highlanders' pitchers and catchers and served as recruiting coordinator. McLennan posted a 44-16 record in 2006 and reached the NJCAA Region V Championships final.
Clemons is no stranger to Division I college baseball or to the Texas teams in the Big 12. A All-Southwest Conference selection at Texas A&M, Clemons pitched for the Aggies' 1993 College World Series team.
Clemons was selected by the Chicago White Sox with the 33rd overall selection in the first round of the 1994 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He spent eight seasons in professional baseball with the White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins organizations. Clemons reached the Majors in 1997, when he appeared in five games with two starts for the White Sox.
A 2005 graduate of Tarleton State with a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sports studies, Clemons and his wife, Amber, have an 8-year-old daughter, Halen.