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Raley's last season with the Red Raiders was in 2013
Russell Raley spent one season as the volunteer assistant coach at Texas Tech in 2013. Raley served as the Red Raiders hitting coach and first base coach while also working with the team's infielders, outfielders and base runners. Raley was named the volunteer assistant coach at Tech on July 25, 2012.
During Raley's one season on the coaching staff the Red Raiders broke a school record with 68 defensive double plays turned - ranking sixth nationally - and also broke a school record with a .974 fielding percentage. The previous school-record for fielding percentage was set in 1992 (.973).
Texas Tech ranked second in the Big 12 in fielding percentage and its league-leading 68 double plays were 15 more than both Oklahoma and Baylor who ranked second in the conference with 53.
In 2013 the Red Raiders won five games against nationally-ranked opponents, including defending national champion Arizona in Tucson. In fact, Tech won three consecutive games over ranked opponents - a first by the Texas Tech program in 11 years.
Tech's roster was the youngest team in the country during Raley's one season with a nation-leading 22 newcomers. Raley helped develop this young roster throughout the season while the Red Raiders won eight of their final 14 regular season games before advancing to Oklahoma City for the Big 12 Championship.
The Red Raiders won their Big 12 Conference opener in 2013 taking two of three games over Texas in Austin. It marked the first time Tech had won a series over the Longhorns in Austin since 2001 and was Tech's first series win over Texas since 2002.
Raley worked with two Freshmen All-Americans in 2013 as first baseman Eric Gutierrez and catcher/designated hitter Jarrard Poteete were each named to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America team.
He also coached four All-Big 12 selections (one All-Freshman team pick), four Academic All-Big 12 picks and three Major League baseball Draft picks, including fifth rounder right-handed pitcher Trey Masek.
Gutierrez became just the third freshmen in Texas Tech history to lead the team in home runs and sophomore outfielder Brett Bell became the first underclassmen in school history with 30 stolen bases in a season while leading the Big 12 and ranking 16th in the NCAA with 31 stolen bases. Bell became the sixth Red Raider to lead the Big 12 in stolen bases.
Raley, a former standout second baseman under Tim Tadlock at Oklahoma (2003-2006), spent four years with the Sooners as the volunteer assistant coach/first base coach from 2008-2011, while helping lead the Sooners to the College World Series in 2010. Raley assisted Tadlock with all of the team's hitting instruction.
He served two and a half months as the assistant coach at Oklahoma Christian (hired in May 2012) before accepting the opportunity to join Tadlock's staff at Tech. In his brief time with the Eagles (NCAA D-II), Raley led recruiting efforts that signed over 20 players to the Oklahoma Christian program.
Following a two-year professional playing career in the New York Yankees organization, Raley joined the Oklahoma coaching staff where he spent four seasons working with Tadlock and the Sooners hitters.
Raley helped guide the Sooners to 170 wins (averaged 42.5 wins per season) while ranking in the top three in the Big 12 in all but one campaign. The Sooners batted at least .307 in all four seasons and led the Big 12 in 14 offensive statistical categories, including batting average in 2011, doubles in 2008 and 2009 and leading the league in base hits and home runs in back-to-back years in 2009 and 2010.
In fact, Oklahoma led the Big 12 in runs scored during the final three years Raley was on the Sooners coaching staff.
During Raley's coaching tenure at Oklahoma, the Sooners advanced to four consecutive NCAA Regionals, including the 2010 Charlottesville Super Regional and the College World Series. It marked OU's first appearance in Omaha since 1995.
Raley also had a successful coaching stint in the Alaska Baseball League spending 2009 and 2010 as the head coach of the Mat-Su Miners. He led the Miners to back-to-back league championships while earning coach of the year during both seasons.
Raley had a two-year professional playing career with the Yankees farm system playing second base, shortstop and third base in his career. After being selected in the 21st round of the 2006 Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft, Raley played 43 games in Single-A and Double-A while batting .264 with nine doubles and 17 RBI in his pro career.
He was one of the top players in the Big 12 Conference during his collegiate playing career at Oklahoma. He was a three-time All-Big 12 selection while earning first team in 2004 and second team honors in 2005 and 2006.
Raley ranked among the top infielders in the conference as a senior with a .965 fielding percentage while leading the Sooners who led the NCAA in fielding in 2006 with a .983 fielding percentage.
He played in 208 career games at OU (191 starts) with a .314 batting average, 237 hits, 143 runs, 27 doubles and 103 RBI. He remains in three Sooner all-time record books, including seventh in at-bats (754), eighth in games played (208) and 10th in base hits (237).
Raley was a mainstay in the Oklahoma starting lineup. He put together one of the longest consecutive games starting streaks during his collegiate career while starting in 111 straight games from 2003-2005.
His final season he was named to the NCAA All-Region team at the Norman Regional (2B).
He helped lead Oklahoma to 141 wins during his four-year career (2003-06). In addition, Raley played for Texas Tech pitching coach Ray Hayward during his first two seasons in Norman when Hayward served as the team's pitching coach.
Raley graduated with a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma in 2007 with a degree in human relations. He is originally from Uvalde, Texas, and graduated from Uvalde High School in 2002. Russell and his wife, Chelsey, were married in August 2011. Raley was born on December 30, 1983, in San Antonio, Texas.
Raley's family is no stranger to the game of baseball as his father, Terry, played at St. Mary's University - inducted into SMU's Hall of Fame - and was drafted by the San Diego Padres (31st Round - 1980) and Toronto Blue Jays (24th Round - 1981) and played two seasons in the Blue Jays organization. Raley has two brothers who have both been drafted, Brooks (Chicago Cubs - 6th Round, 2009) and Cory (Cleveland Indians - 33rd Round, 2012). Brooks made his major league debut in 2012 and is currently in Triple-A with the Cubs while Cory began his collegiate career at Texas A&M in 2013.
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