Steve Bieser returns for his third season at the helm of the Redhawks. Bieser, the reigning Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year, has molded the Southeast Missouri baseball program into a championship-caliber team not only in the OVC but also on a national level.
In only his second season as head coach, Bieser's Redhawks won the 2014 OVC regular season championship, tied a program record for wins in a season going 37-20, posted the ninth-best team batting average in the country (.309), scored the ninth-most runs in the nation (408), finished eighth in scoring (7.2 runs per game), mentored Matt Tellor, 2014 OVC Player of the Year, and Travis Hayes, the 2014 OVC Co-Pitcher of the Year, and saw three players go on to continue their professional careers on the baseball field.
The 2014 team made a name for itself by ranking nationally in a number of statistical categories as a team as well as individually. The team's .309 batting average ranked ninth in the nation. Southeast averaged 7.2 runs a game, ranking eighth, while their 408 total runs ranked ninth. The Redhawks finished second in the country in sacrifice flies with 47 on the season. Southeast boasted a .389 on-base percentage and a .422 slugging percentage on the season. Defensively, the Redhawks turned the ninth-most double plays and averaged 1.11 per game. On the bases, Southeast ranked 10th in the nation with 97 stolen bases; stealing 1.7 bases a game.
Assistant Coach/Hitting Coach
Dillon Lawson returns for his third season as the Redhawks' assistant coach. Lawson serves as the hitting coach for Southeast as well as the team's defensive instructor.
In his second season at Southeast, Lawson took the Redhawk offense to new heights. Southeast ranked nationally in a number of statistical categories. The team's .309 batting average ranked ninth in the nation. Southeast averaged 7.2 runs a game, ranking eighth, while their 408 total runs ranked ninth. The Redhawks finished second in the country in sacrifice flies with 47 on the season. Southeast Missouri boasted a .389 on-base percentage and a .422 slugging percentage on the season. Defensively, the Redhawks turned the ninth-most double plays and averaged 1.11 per game. On the bases, Southeast ranked 10th in the nation with 97 stolen bases; stealing 1.7 bases a game.
Lawson mentored All-Americans Derek Gibson and Matt Tellor in 2014. Individually, Gibson and Tellor ranked nationally in a number of categories. Tellor ranked in the top 25 in 10 different statistical categories while Gibson appeared in five top 25 lists. Tellor was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in the 10th round. Tellor was the 313th overall pick of the draft. Gibson signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Cardinals following the 2014 campaign.
Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Lance Rhodes begins his third season with Southeast Missouri. Rhodes serves as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for Southeast.
Since taking over the Redhawks pitching program prior to the 2013 season, Rhodes has trimmed the team ERA from 6.37 in 2012 to 4.85 in 2014; slicing over a run and a half off the average. Southeast's 4.85 ERA was fourth-best in the Ohio Valley Conference in 2014. The Redhawk staff held opposing batters to a .273 batting average in 2014, second-best in the league.
Rhodes mentored OVC Co-Pitcher of the Year Travis Hayes in 2014. Hayes appeared in 16 contests in his first season in a Redhawk uniform. He started nine games and compiled an 8-1 record and 3.22 ERA in 78.1 innings. He began the year in the bullpen before becoming a starter during the first OVC series of the season against Belmont. His eight victories were second in the OVC (56th nationally), his ERA ranked fourth, and he held opponents to a .237 batting average which was fifth in the league.
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