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Bieser named new head coach of Mizzou baseball

Mizzou announced Thursday Steve Bieser will be the next head coach of the baseball team. Beiser will be Mizzou’s 14th head coach and just the fourth since 1937. He replaces Tim Jamieson, who resigned earlier this month.

“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 news release. “I can’t express enough the gratitude I have for Interim Chancellor Foley, Athletic Directorand 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.”

Bieser comes to Mizzou from Southeast Missouri, where he became the only coach ever to win three consecutive Ohio Valley Conference Championships. This past season, he took the Redhawks to an NCAA Regional.

Bieser won 35 or more games in each of his last three seasons at SEMO. Bieser turned in a .587 winning percentage in his time at SEMO, the best among any coach in program history.

Bieser’s 2016 season culminated in a regular season OVC Championship, an OVC Tournament title and the school’s first NCAA Regional since 2002, qualifying for the Starkville Regional at SEC Champion Mississippi State.

“Steve Bieser is a rising star in the college baseball ranks and a proven winner,” Director of Athleticssaid in a news 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. We are excited to welcome Steve, his wife Diahann and their children, Cole, Whitley, Briley and Carley to the Mizzou family.”

Mizzou will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Friday to introduce Bieser.

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