The University of Missouri announced on Thursday that Steve Bieser has been named the baseball program’s next coach.
Bieser, a native of Saint Genevieve, Mo., becomes the Tigers’ 14th head coach after a successful run at Southeast Missouri State, where he was twice named the Ohio Valley Conference coach of the year and won 35 or more games in each of his last three seasons.
“Steve Bieser is a rising star in the college baseball ranks and a proven winner,” Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades said in a press release. “He has an impressive track-record of success, winning championships at each stop in his coaching career. He will be a tremendous role model for our student-athletes and has demonstrated a unique ability to develop his players athletically, academically and socially beyond what they believed they could achieve. He boasts remarkable intellectual horsepower and has a very cerebral approach to the game of baseball. He is a relationship-builder and will be a great fit for Mizzou.”
Bieser played his college baseball at SEMO and was a 32nd-round draft pick by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1989. He played 13 seasons of professional baseball, including 60 Major League games with the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates in 1997 and 1998.
Bieser was the head coach at Vianney High School in St. Louis from 2004-2010, where he won two two state championships (2004, 2006) and compiled a record of 137-51.
He then returned to SEMO as an assistant coach from 2011-12 before taking over as the head coach. In four seasons under Bieser, 2013-16, SEMO went 138-97 (.587) and won three OVC championships.
“I am truly honored and humbled to have the opportunity to be a part of the University of Missouri community and serve as the head baseball coach,” Bieser said in a press release. “I can't express enough the gratitude I have for Interim Chancellor Foley, Athletic Director Mack Rhoades and the search committee for having the confidence in me to lead this program. When I started my coaching career, I had always dreamed of the opportunity to lead this program.
“There is a strong tradition and rich history of Missouri Tiger baseball. I understand the responsibility and I am fully committed and ready to continue building the tradition. As life-long Missourians, my family and I feel truly blessed to be part of the University of Missouri and the Columbia community.”
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