Coaching Staff
Greg Keaton, Head Coach  


Greg Keaton Assistant Coach at Leanoir-Rhyne University has been named as coach for the 2017 season.

Coach Keaton is entering his fourth season as an Assistant Baseball Coach for Lenoir-Rhyne University in 2017. Keaton came to Lenoir-Rhyne after a six-year stint at USC Sumter (2008-13), the first six seasons of the program's inception. The Fire Ants compiled a 243-103 (.701) mark during those six years and won a pair of Region 10 Championships in 2009 (52-11) and 2011 (41-11) as Keaton worked primarily with the hitters and catchers. Keaton's previous collegiate coaching stops included Prince George Community College (Md.), Montgomery College-Rockville (Md.), Davis & Elkins (W.Va.) and West Virginia Tech.

Keaton's high school stints include Logan and South Charleston in West Virginia. At Logan, Keaton was part of four state championship teams as both a player and a coach and was selected to the Logan High School Hall of Fame in 2009.

As a summer head coach, Keaton worked in the Mount Athletic (Bash 22) and Great Lakes (Sandusky Baystars) and the Valley (Rockbridge Rapids) Collegiate Leagues in addition to serving time as mentor with the Logan and South Charleston Legion Teams. Keaton also served in the summer as an Assistant Coach in the Southern Collegiate League (Rock Hill, S.C.) and Northwoods League (Battle Creek Bombers) as well as several 18 and under teams in West Virginia and Ohio.

Keaton was an assistant coach (hitting coach) for the West Virginia Miners of the Prospect League in 2015 and 2016 and led the team to the league championship this past summer.

Keaton is a graduate of both West Virginia and Marshall University.

Cliff Jackson, Assistant Coach 

Cliff Jackson

Cliff is a native of St. Albans, West Virginia and graduated from West Virginia State University with a BS degree.

Cliff has been an assistant baseball coach at West Virginia State for 6 years and prior to that an assistant baseball coach at South Charleston High School for 4 years.

Cliff also worked 7 years in Minor League Baseball. Five (5) years with the Chicago Cubs and two (2) with the Cincinnatti Reds.

This will be Cliffs 8th summer working in the Valley League.

Will Thompson, Bench Coach  

Will Thompson

Will Thompson is entering his first season as an assistant baseball coach at USC Sumter.

Coach Thompson works with the hitters and handles the recruiting. Prior to USC Sumter, Thompson was an assistant coach at Lenoir-Rhyne University. He served as the outfielders coach and also assisted with the hitters.

As a summer coach, Thompson spent the 2016 summer coaching the Galion Graders in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League.

Coach Thompson also played for the River Bandits in 2015.