Missouri introduced Steve Bieser as its new baseball coach at a press conference on Friday.
Bieser arrives in Columbia after spending the last four seasons as the head coach at Southeast Missouri. He touted a 138-97 record there, and was a two-time Ohio Valley Conference coach of the year (2014, 2016).
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Dave Matter, Bieser was the choice after athletics director Mack Rhoades vetted 15-18 candidates for the position and interviewed six of them.
Bieser will replace Tim Jamieson, who resigned as the Tigers baseball coach after a 26-30 season in 2016.
Here’s a look at the introduction ceremony:
Bieser: This is going to be a prominent program in the SEC. … This is a program that will find itself in the College World Series.
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) July 1, 2016
Rhoades and Bieser each released initial statements about the hire, which was announced on Thursday, via the school’s website:
“Steve Bieser is a rising star in the college baseball ranks and a proven winner,” Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades said. “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.”
“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. “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.”