Lance Berkman has joined Rice University baseball coach Wayne Graham's staff as a volunteer assistant.
Berkman will work as a volunteer with the team in the spring and has an open invitation to stay with the staff longer than that. By giving him a "volunteer assistant" tag, Rice will allow Berkman to continue his playing career if he so chooses. "Having flexibility if I want to play another year or two was important," Berkman said. "If I decide to hang it up, I have something to step into immediately."