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Simmons Field at Taylor Stadium Named Field of the Year.

Simmons Field at Taylor Stadium, the home of the Mizzou baseball team, has been named 2011 College and University Baseball Field of the Year by the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA), as announced by the STMA on Tuesday (Nov. 22). The field is maintained and cared for by Mizzou Turf Specialist Josh McPherson and his staff.

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Tim Jamieson

 

Head Coach

Tim Jamieson enters his 17th season as the head coach of the Tigers in 2011. The second-winningest coach in Mizzou Baseball history, Jamieson will begin the 2011 campaign with a career record of 544-382-2. In 2009, he passed legendary head coach John "Hi" Simmons on that list and trails only Gene McArtor's 733 victories.

A native of Columbia, Jamieson grew up attending several Tigers' games. After his playing days at the University of New Orleans, he spent six seasons on the UNO coaching staff before returning to Columbia in 1988 where he was an assistant coach under McArtor for six seasons before becoming head coach following the 1994 season.

Recognizing Jamieson's accomplishments, Missouri has extended the coach's contract through the 2013 season. Jamieson and Baylor's Steve Smith are the longest tenured coaches in the Big 12 Conference, each entering their 17th season as head coach of their respective programs.

Since taking over at MU, the Tigers have been a force to reckon with in the Big 12 Conference as well as nationally; recording at least 30 wins in 13 of the last 15 seasons. Mizzou won at least 35 games in seven-consecutive years between 2003-2009, advancing to the NCAA Tournament in each of those seven years. MU was one of just 14 teams in the nation that advance to the NCAA Tournament in each of those years. The Tigers have played in eight NCAA Regionals under Jamieson.

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Kerrick Jackson

 

Assistant Coach

Kerrick Jackson joined the Mizzou coaching staff last summer after spending three years with the scouting department of the Washington Nationals. Jackson serves as the Tigers' recruiting coordinator, along with working with the hitters and outfielders.

Jackson was the Midwest Area Scouting Supervisor for the Nationals, overseeing all scouting in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota.

Prior to joining the Nationals, Jackson spent two years as assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator at Nicholls State in Louisiana. His responsibilities at Nicholls State included overseeing the pitching staff.

From August 2003-July 2005, Jackson was an assistant coach at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo., where he was the pitching coach and played a large role in recruiting. He also served as the Student-Athlete Success Coordinator at Jefferson College, developing a program that helped to ensure a smooth academic transition to all colleges and universities.

The first coaching stint for Jackson came at Fairfield University in 2000-2001. Following that, he spent one year as an assistant at Emporia State (2001-02) and one season as assistant head coach at Coffeyville Community College (2002-03).

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Matt Hobbs

 

Assistant Coach

Matt Hobbs returns to his alma mater this season, taking over as Mizzou's pitching coach.

Hobbs spent the 2010 season as the pitching coach at the University of San Francisco, where his staff ranked fourth in the West Coast Conference in ERA and was second in the league in fewest walks per nine innings.

Before USF, Hobbs spent three years as the associate head coach, pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at UC-San Diego. The Tritons made a trip to the Division II College World Series in 2009. They finished that year ranked No. 3 after claiming the school's first ever Regional Championship.

Under Hobbs, UCSD's pitching staff allowed the fewest number of walks per nine innings in D-II in 2009 and ranked 12th nationally with a 3.73 ERA.

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Evan Pratte

 

Director of Baseball Operations

Evan Pratte enters his 14th season as part of the Mizzou staff. He takes over as the Tigers' Director of Baseball Operations this season after spending the last 13 years as an assistant coach, working with the hitters and infielders.

One of the best hitters while at Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State), Pratte helped 34 Mizzou hitters to All-Conference recognition as the Tigers' hitting coach, including Aaron Senne and Brett Nicholas last year.

Senne hit .400 last season, becoming the first Tiger to finish the year with a batting average of at least .400 since 1986. He ended his career at Mizzou as the school's all-time leader in career hits with 291 and earned All-America honors, along with being named the Big 12 Conference Co-Player of the Year.

Senne, Nicholas and Michael Liberto were all selected in last June's Major League Baseball Draft.

Several of Pratte's lineups at Missouri posted solid offensive numbers.

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Dan Pietroburgo

 

Volunteer Assistant

Entering his third season as part of the Missouri staff, Dan Pietroburgo takes over as the Volunteer Assistant this season.

Pietroburgo joined the Tiger staff in 2009 after five years as a player for Mizzou. He played in 104 games during his career, including 53 starts. Pietroburgo is the only player in Missouri baseball history to be part of five NCAA Regional teams.

After a redshirt year in 2004, Pietroburgo played the next four years, spending time at catcher, first base and designated hitter. In his first career at-bat, on Feb. 18, 2005 against Garner-Webb, Pietroburgo hit a home run. He hit .289 in his redshirt freshman season.

He played in 22 games as a sophomore and saw time in 20 games in his junior season. He opened the 2007 season by going 3-for-4 against FIU and had hits in each of the first four games of the year.

As a senior, Pietroburgo played in 37 games, starting 25 times and hitting .267 on the year.

Pietroburgo was a three-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection.

A native of Belleville, Ill., he was an all-conference and all-area selection twice for Belleville West High School and was the recipient for the "Boots" Budde Inspirational Award. His father, Rob, also played baseball at Mizzou and later played minor league baseball

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