It’s got to be a dream job when a Missouri boy can land an SEC coaching job without leaving his home state. And that’s exactly what Steve Bieser did. After growing up in Missouri, playing his college ball in the state, and then spending 13 years in professional baseball, Steve Bieser got into coaching via the high school route. Since then, however, his route has been short and quick — making a stop at Southeast Missouri State as assistant coach and head coach before landing the job at Missouri this past summer.
In this episode, Coach Bieser talks about his playing days — being a very small guy all the way through high school, and then taking the JUCO route to get some seasoning and size, before landing at Southeast Missouri State. Then it was on to 13 years as a professional before getting into coaching. We also talk about the role of versatile “Zobrist-like” players, the impact that wrestling had on his career, his hometown of Ste. Genevieve and the many floods, how the pros taught him to build relationships and think outside the box, Missouri State’s pioneering effort into the Pitch Recognition Program, and the position of excellence and culture in a program.
Photo credit: Missouri Baseball
Intro Music: Matt’s Blues, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)