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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.
No head coach has been at Mizzou longer than Mizzou baseball's Tim Jamieson, who will enter his 20th season at the helm of the program in 2014. Jamieson is tasked with transitioning a team that had rose to be one of the most consistent programs in the Big 12 to a program that can compete in the premier baseball conference in America - the SEC. Mizzou Director of Athletics Mike Alden showed a commitment and confidence in Jamieson as the right man to take Mizzou into the SEC, rewarding Jamieson with a contract that will keep him at Mizzou through the 2015 season. In his 19 seasons at the helm of the program, Jamieson has compiled a 622-474-2 overall record as he is the second-winningest coach in program history, trailing only Gene McArtor's 733 career wins.
Winning with class and high-character have been a trademarks of Jamieson's tenure at Mizzou and he has done a phenomenal job of upholding the school's and the athletic department's core values during his 19 years. And he has done it while producing some of the top talent that has ever come through Mizzou - in any sport. Coaching the likes of 2013 American League Cy Young winner Max Scherzer and three-time MLB All-Star Ian Kinsler, it can be argued that Jamieson has seen more of his athletes excel at the next level than any other coach in history at Mizzou.
That is why Jamieson is the perfect coach to lead Mizzou into its second year in the Southeastern Conference. His body of work speaks for itself as does his ability to groom players for the next level. He took Max Scherzer, an unpolished power arm out of St. Louis, from a high school player that was drafted in the 43rd round to a first-round draft pick. Aaron Crow, now an All-Star pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, went undrafted out of high school and was twice a first-round pick by the time he was done at Mizzou. Most recently, Rob Zastryzny - undrafted out of high school - was selected with the second pick of the second round by the Chicago Cubs. At the helm of one of the last decade's most consistent programs, paired with the resources that are available in the SEC, look for Jamieson to get Mizzou rolling while playing aside the best competition in the country week-in and week-out.
After a successful career serving as the Midwest scouting supervisor for the Washington Nationals, Kerrick Jackson is one of the most recognized names in college baseball. Now in his fourth season at Mizzou, Jackson, the program's recruiting coordinator, is already beginning to leave his mark on the program. Jackson's 2012 recruiting class was dubbed 24th nationally by BaseballAmerica.com as he played an integral role in signing the 19-player class. With a tireless work ethic and connections all across the country, Jackson is one of the most recognizable names along the recruiting trail and as a coach. As the Tigers continue the transition to college baseball's premier league, the Southeastern Conference, Jackson will play a vital role as the Tigers will look to make a splash in the toughest baseball league in America.
Aside from working as the program's recruiting coordinator, Jackson owns a wealth of baseball experience and works with the Tigers' hitters and outfielders. As mentioned, Jackson's 2012 recruiting class ranked 24th nationally, bolstered by the commitment from the nation's No. 72 prospect, Alec Rash, a power arm from Iowa. His 19-person class included three players selected in the MLB Draft (Rash, Keeton Steele, Josh Lester) while Rash was the highest-drafted high school player to elect to go to school. Jackson's knowledge of both the collegiate recruiting scene and the minor league system is essential to his success as a recruiting coordinator. Last year, Jackson also got commitments right handed pitcher Devin Williams, who went 54th overall in the draft, and is responsible for putting together a very good incoming class for 2015.
Before his three years at Mizzou, Jackson was the Midwest Area Scouting Supervisor for the Nationals, overseeing all scouting in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota. The Midwest ties that he gained in that role have paid dividends on the recruiting trail during his time at Mizzou.
Mizzou head baseball coach Tim Jamieson has announced that Mizzou graduate and former Tiger All-American Hunter Mense has been promoted and will serve as the program's full time hitting coach. Mense, one of the brightest young minds in college baseball, had a very successful playing career both collegiately and at the next level. He has served as an undergraduate and graduate assistant over the last four seasons while completing his undergraduate degree and working towards his Master's degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in sport psychology at Mizzou. During his last four years with Mizzou baseball, Mense established a great rapport with the Tiger hitters and also used his schooling in the field of sport psychology to work as a positive coach, assisting in the mental side of the Tigers' approach. With a pair of degrees and an All-America honor, Mense is a truly Mizzou Made addition to the Tiger coaching staff.
"We are really excited to add Hunter as a full time hitting coach. He is a dynamic, young coach who has done a terrific job for us in his time with the program," head coach Tim Jamieson said. "We have a long history together. In addition to playing for three Regional teams while at Mizzou, he played for me on Team USA with Max Scherzer. Hunter also went away to play pro ball and came back to finish his degree at Mizzou and I think that goes to show you how special of a place Mizzou is to him."
A decorated player, Mense was an All-American outfielder for Mizzou in 2006 and was a 2005 All-Big 12 honoree as well. He played for three NCAA Regional teams and one the 2006 team that reached Super Regionals. He played with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in 2005 and was a 17th-round draft selection by the Florida Marlins in 2006. He made it as high as AAA in 2010 and was a career .254 in 349 minor league games and tallied 19 homers and 124 RBIs. His best season came in 2008 with the Greensboro Grasshoppers when he hit .289 with 13 homers, 25 doubles, 31 walks and 56 RBI in 111 games. He was a short-season All-Star in 2006 as well. Mense hung up his spikes after the 2010 season and rejoined the Tiger staff to pursue a career in coaching while finishing his undergraduate and Master's degrees at Mizzou.
Director of Baseball Operations
Evan Pratte enters his 17th season as part of the Mizzou staff. He enters his fourth year as the Tigers' Director of Baseball Operations after spending the previous 13 years as an assistant coach, working with the hitters and infielders.
Serving as the Director of Baseball Operations, Pratte is still heavily involved in the success of the program. He handles a variety of responsibilities that ensure that the student-athletes at Mizzou get one of the best experiences possible while playing collegiate baseball. From arranging travel to handling a wide variety of daily activities, Pratte's contributions help the entire team and coaching staff succeed. He also brings with him a wealth of baseball experience after spending years as a player and coach.
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 from 1998-2010, including Aaron Senne and Brett Nicholas in 2010.
After a four-year career as a do-it-all pitcher for the Tigers, Jeff Emens will return to Mizzou as a graduate manager in 2014. In his career, Emens pitched in 103 career games, posting a career ERA of 3.78 with eight wins and eight saves. He was one of the Tigers' most important arms on the 2012 Big 12 Championship team, pitching 86.1 innings in 32 total appearances while posting a team-best 2.71 ERA. He earned a 4-1 overall record and posted three saves on the season while appearing in a career-high 32 games for Mizzou. His 86.0 innings pitcher were almost double his previous season-best innings total heading into the season as he shouldered a heavy workload as one of the Tigers' most reliable pitchers.
Emens is a native of Plano, Texas, and will primarily serve as the Tigers' bullpen coach in 2013.
A 2008 All-Big 12 and Academic All-Big 12 selection, former Tiger catcher Trevor Coleman will rejoin the Mizzou baseball program this season as a graduate assistant. Coleman, who played on three NCAA Regional teams from 2007-09 under Coach Jamieson, was the 2007 Big 12 Freshman of the Year and was a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American as well. In 2007, Coleman started 43 games at catcher and started 48 overall. He was second on the team with nine homers and a .506 slugging percentage.
Coleman was a 38th-round draft pick out of high school and wound up drafted in the ninth round bu the Seattle Mariners in 2009. He was a career .246 hitter in the minors, making it as high as AAA. He hit 24 homers in 355 minor league games and drove in 157 runs.