In just three seasons at the helm of the Redhawks, head coach Steve Bieser has transformed the Southeast Missouri baseball program into a championship-caliber team in the Ohio Valley Conference as well as a program to make waves on the national level.
Entering his fourth season at the helm of the Redhawks, Bieser carries a career head coaching record of 99-76 and 58-33 in OVC play. The Redhawks won back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference Regular Season Championships in 2014 and 2015. It was the first time in program history Southeast had won back-to-back titles. The Redhawks tallied 30-win seasons in each of their championship campaigns under Bieser's tutelage.
Southeast won its second-straight OVC crown in 2015 with a record of 22-8 in league play, 36-23 overall. The Redhawks earned a number of postseason honors. Most notably, Joey Lucchesi was named the OVC Pitcher of the Year. Lucchesi finished the season with a 3.17 ERA, a 7-2 record, and 93 strikeouts; all of which were top in the OVC. Southeast had four Second Team All-OVC members: first baseman Ryan Rippee, shortstop Branden Boggetto, designated hitter Garrett Gandolfo, and utility player Andy Lennington. Freshman Trevor Ezell picked up All-Freshman Team honors.
Southeast Missouri made its 21st-consecutive appearance in the OVC Tournament in 2015. The Redhawks advanced to the championship round of the tournament for the first time since 2008.
Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Lance Rhodes is in his fourth season with the Redhawks coaching staff. Rhodes serves as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for Southeast Missouri.
Since taking over the Redhawks pitching program prior to the 2013 season, Rhodes has trimmed the team ERA from 6.37 in 2012 to 4.60 in 2015; slicing over a run and a half off the average. The Redhawks' 4.60 earned run clip and .261 opponent batting average were the best in the Ohio Valley Conference in 2015.
With Rhodes guiding the pitching staff, the Redhawks have garnered two OVC Pitchers of the Year. Joey Lucchesi was named the OVC Pitcher of the Year in 2015. Lucchesi finished the season with a 3.17 ERA, a 7-2 record, and 93 strikeouts; all of which were top in the OVC. Lucchesi's 93 strikeouts ranked 58th nationally while his 6.14 hits allowed per nine innings ranked 23rd in the country.
Assistant Coach/Hitting Coach
Matt Borgschulte returns to the Southeast Missouri coaching staff in 2016 as the Redhawks' hitting coach.
His other duties will include assisting with recruiting, preforming administrative duties related to the baseball program, as well as coaching the outfielders.
Borgschulte was the volunteer assistant coach during Southeast's 2015 Ohio Valley Conference Championship season a year ago.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Joe Migliaccio joins the Southeast Missouri coaching staff in 2016 as the Redhawks' volunteer assistant coach. Migliaccio's main responsibilities include defensive development of the position players as well as assisting with the offense.
Migliaccio comes Southeast after a stint with Siena College in Loudonville, New York. He served as the volunteer assistant during the 2015 season and was promoted to the second assistant the following June. Migliaccio was responsible for all positions players' defensive work and also assisted with the offense. His work with the defense led to the third-highest fielding percentage in program history (.963) and finished the season leading the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in fielding percentage in league-only games (.976.)
He implemented new catching a defensive development programs while at Siena. In 2015, the infield completed conference games with a .981 fielding percentage, committing only eight errors, which was an improvement from .958 (21 errors) the previous season. During the complete season, the infield recorded a .967 fielding clip, committing 24 fewer errors than the previous season.
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