Mark Hogan, the winningest coach in Southeast Missouri State history, is retiring after 18 seasons. Pitching coach and ex-big leaguer Steve Bieser will serve as interim coach for the 2013 season, and a national search will be conducted at the end of the season. Bieser, an alumnus of the school whose son Cole is a rising senior at SEMO, will be a candidate for the permanent job at that time.
Hogan compiled a 526-456-1 record at SEMO, winning the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season title in 2002 and winning the conference tournament in 1998 and '02—the only two trips to regionals in program history. The Redhawks reached the OVC tournament title game seven times and made the tourney in each of Hogan's 18 seasons.
"Coach Hogan has been an extremely successful baseball coach for Southeast Missouri State University for the past 18 years," school president Kenneth W. Dobbins said in a release. "We sincerely appreciate his tenure, the legacy he provided for our baseball program, and most importantly, we thank him for his dedication to the success of our student-athletes. Many young men had great collegiate baseball experiences due to Coach Hogan's expertise, and several have gone on to professional careers. We certainly congratulate him for an outstanding career and wish him the best in his retirement."
In other coaching news, UNC Greensboro hired former Auburn assistant Link Jarrett as its head coach last week. Jarrett has 13 years of coaching experience at Auburn, East Carolina, Florida State, Mercer and Flagler (Fla.). He becomes the second head coach in UNCG baseball history, replacing Mike Gaski.
"We are thrilled to welcome Link Jarrett to UNCG and excited for the new direction of our baseball program," director of athletics Kim Record said in a release. "He has a proven track record developing players and producing some of the top offensive numbers in the country."
Jarrett is a high-energy coach and a tireless recruiter, and he is very well regarded by his peers. Following on the heels of new Appalachian State coach Billy Jones, Jarrett gives the Southern Conference another up-and-coming head coach with a reputation as an outstanding recruiter.
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