Ole Miss Announces 2018 Schedule
Just days before the Rebels take the field for the first practice of the new year, the Ole Miss baseball team released its schedule for the 2018 season. The 56-game slate will feature 32 games at the newly-renovated Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field, as well as 24 games against NCAA Tournament teams from last year .read more
Ole Miss named Mike Bianco as head coach of the Rebel baseball program on June 7, 2000. Since then, Bianco has become the winningest coach in program history, bringing the Rebels back to national prominence.
In the 15 seasons since taking the reins of the program, Bianco has delivered on that expectation as Ole Miss Baseball has become one of the nation’s benchmark programs. With 13 postseason appearances in 15 years, five Super Regional appearances over the last 11 years and a College World Series appearance in 2014, Ole Miss has continued to rank among the nation’s elite each season under Bianco.
Bianco is the winningest coach in Ole Miss Baseball history with 587 victories as head coach of the Rebels. Ole Miss has reached the 30-win plateau in each of Bianco’s 15 seasons, proving that the Rebels reload their roster, not rebuild. His latest team, the 2015 squad, returned to postseason play after losing 17 lettermen off a 2014 team that made the College World Series, including eight that were selected in the 2014 MLB Draft.
Mike Clement joined the Ole Miss coaching staff for the 2015 season after spending the two seasons at Kansas State University. He currently serves as the team’s hitting coach and third base coach.
During his first year as the Rebels’ hitting coach, Clement helped lead the Rebels to the postseason after facing the nation’s toughest schedule during the regular season. Ole Miss broke out the bats to go 7-6 against top-10 teams, including 5-4 versus teams ranked No. 1 in the country. Ole Miss cracked double digits in runs nine different times, while recording 10-or-more hits in 22 games throughout the 2015 campaign.
In 2015, Clement worked with youthful Ole Miss bats while also continuing to develop the production of Rebels with experience in the lineup. With Clement’s guidance, junior college transfer Connor Cloyd earned his way into a starting role, hitting .369 over 38 games played in 2015. Freshman Will Golsan and sophomore Colby Bortles, two new starters in the Ole Miss infield, found success at the plate throughout the season as well. Golsan hit at a .290 clip in his first collegiate season, and Bortles proved he could produce in the middle of the order with a .281 average and 47 RBI.
Carl Lafferty begins his eighth season as a full-time assistant coach with the Rebels in 2015.
In his first year back working on the field as a volunteer assistant in 2007, Lafferty worked with the outfielders and catchers, and assisted with the hitters. Lafferty also served as the first base coach. In his time working with the outfielders, Lafferty helped develop Jordan Henry, the 2007 SEC Freshman of the Year selection and a Freshman All-America selection. He also worked with his brother, Justin, a ninth round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.
Upon moving to a full-time position in 2008, Lafferty continued to work with the catchers, but also assumed duties assisting head coach Mike Bianco with the pitching staff before assuming duties as recruiting coordinator prior to the 2010 season.
Assistant Coach – Camp Coordinator
Marc MacMillan, a four-year letterman for the Ole Miss baseball team during the 1990s, is in his first season as a volunteer assistant coach at Ole Miss. Along with serving as the team’s first base coach, MacMillan will work with the outfielders and assist in coaching the hitters.
MacMillan spent the past two seasons as the Rebels’ director of operations. In that role, he was responsible for the daily operations of the program including planning team travel/meals, working with the program’s budget, dealing with equipment orders and acting as one of the program’s liaisons to other members of the athletic department. MacMillan also directed the Diamond Girls, a group of female Ole Miss students who assist in gameday operations, as well as assisted with the directing of the Ernie LaBarge Bullpen Club.
Prior to returning to Ole Miss, MacMillan was the associate head coach at the University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff. He spent three years at UAPB, working with the pitchers, infielders and base runners, while also coordinating the program’s recruiting efforts plus strength and conditioning programs.
In 2013, MacMillan coached a pitching staff that led the conference in ERA, helping lead UAPB to the program’s first SWAC Tournament appearance since the 2009 season. His recruiting classes stretched from coast-to-coast and aided UAPB’s back-to-back Western Division titles in 2014 and 2015. MacMillan’s recruits included Jordan Sechler, a 19th round draft pick of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves; Isias Alcantar, 2013 SWAC Player of the Year, first and second team All-SWAC selection, and 2014 34th round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Rays; Andre Davis, first team All-SWAC selection and 2015 7th round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals; and Kevin Walsh, first team All-SWAC and 2015 MLB 21st round draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Prior to his time at UAPB, MacMillan served as the recruiting coordinator and pitching coach at the University of Arkansas – Monticello. Before his coaching stint at UAM, MacMillan served as the head coach at Crichton College. He also served as an associate scout for the Seattle Mariners and as head coach at Memphis University School.
MacMillan played for the Rebels from 1993-96 where he was a utility player under head coach and All-American Donnie Kessinger. He was a part of the 1995 NCAA Regional team that won 40 games and fell to Florida State in the Regional Championship game with a berth in the College World Series on the line.
He earned a degree in Business Administration from Ole Miss before going on to earn a Master’s of Science in Sport Administration from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.
MacMillan is married to the former Andrea Adams of Memphis, Tenn.
Director of External Operations
Former Rebel Brett Huber is in his second season as a coordinator of operations for the Ole Miss baseball program An Ole Miss pitcher from 2010-13, Huber joins Jeremy Massie as one of two coordinators of operations for the Rebels.
As a four-year letterman for the Diamond Rebels, Huber collected 38 saves throughout his career, an Ole Miss record. He recorded 12 saves during his freshman campaign to earn second team All-SEC accolades. The right-hander combined for 14 saves during his sophomore and junior seasons before adding 12 more as a senior. In his final year at Ole Miss, Huber struck out 26 batters and held opponents to a .181 batting average against with a 1.54 ERA.
Drafted in the 31st round of the 2013 MLB Draft, Huber spent a year in the Detroit Tigers minor league system. Not only was Huber a Pro Reb on the field, but he also donated his time off the field as an active member of the Detroit Tigers Community Commitment program.
Huber returns to Oxford after working two years as a pitching coordinator and office administrator for the St. Louis Pirates baseball club, mentoring kids who wish to play college baseball following high school.
Director of Internal Operations
Made 19 relief appearances on the season … Posted an 0-1 record with a 2.92 ERA as he allowed nine runs – eight of them earned – on 27 hits through 24.2 innings of work … Turned in 12 scoreless outings on the season … Posted one save on the year against Lipscomb (3/8) with 3.0 innings of work … Allowed one run on seven hits in the season-long outing against the Bison … Suffered his lone loss of the season in relief against No. 16 Mississippi State (4/9) in the Governor’s Cup game at Trustmark Park … Allowed two runs without a hit and posted a walk and a strikeout in 0.2 innings of work
NCAA TOURNAMENT: Made two appearances in the Raleigh Regional, both against William & Mary … Did not allow a run in his time on the mound … Worked 0.1 inning in the opener against the Tribe (5/31) and then worked 2.0 scoreless innings in the elimination game against William & Mary (6/2)