High School Sports

Long Beach native and Gulf Coast alum joins Auburn baseball staff


Auburn's new baseball coaching staff is about to get a strong Coast connection.

The Montgomery Advertiser reported last week that former Mississippi State coach Butch Thompson has brought along Greg Drye as a volunteer assistant.

The Long Beach High School graduate, who spent the last 11 seasons at MSU, will also handle Auburn's baseball camps and "could be considered" an assistant pitching coach, according to the report.

"Greg is a person I trust and I can't think of anybody that would better know what I've been trying to do all these years as a coach and what I'll be trying to accomplish day by day as a head coach here at Auburn than Greg Drye," Thompson told The Advertiser. "He's a great addition because I know he wants to build this the right way and be a wonderful representation of Auburn."

Thompson continued: "He may be in bullpen or the dugout this season but I will say that the more he can connect and help with our pitchers and all of our players, the more I can do head coach duties. He'll run great camps for our fans and future players and again, everything he does, he does it the right way."

After graduating from LBHS, Drye was an all-state infielder at Gulf Coast and also played at Baylor. He earned his undergraduate degree in coaching and administration from Southern Miss and a graduate degree from Delta State. Once he wrapped up his playing career, Drye joined Mike Kinnison's staff at Delta State as a graduate assistant. He then returned to LBHS, where he was an assistant for three seasons, before joining Mississippi State's staff.