SEMO head baseball coach announces retirement | News
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS)- Southeast Missouri State University announced Mark Hogan, the head baseball coach, is retiring.
Hogan's record at SEMO is 526-456-1. He took over as Southeast's fourth head coach in 1995, according to the university.
"I didn't really have an exact timeframe, but a lot of things came together late this summer with the retirement situation, with the MOSERS, the Missouri State retirement," Hogan said. "There's an opportunity for me to get in the system now which I wasn't aware of that has to do with several factors and it's a real blessing for us."
Hogan had an Ohio Valley Conference regular-season title (2002), two OVC Tournament crowns (1998, 2002) and the program's only two NCAA Tournament appearances (1998, 2002).
The Redhawks make the league's postseason tournament 18-consecutive years and had 248 conference victories along the way. Southeast also played in the OVC Tournament title game seven times and posted 15 or more league victories in eight seasons.
Hogan has achieved many milestones throughout his 31-year career which culminated with an overall record of 911-713-3 between the NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NJCAA Division I ranks.
Hogan led Southeast to a school record 37 wins and was named the OVC Coach of the Year, as the Redhawks won both the league's regular-season and tournament titles in 2002. Southeast later advanced to the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional where it beat host Alabama, giving Hogan his first postseason win.
Hogan coached a total of 80 All-OVC honorees (40 first-team selections; 30 second-team picks; 10 All-Freshman Team selections). Thirteen of his players earned either the OVC Rookie, Player or Pitcher of the Year award. He also coached 13 All-Americans, two Hall of Famers and 15 Major League Draft picks during his time at Southeast. Among that group was Trenton Moses, who became only the third player in league history to win the coveted OVC Player of the Year honor in multiple seasons (2011, 2012).
He is a native of Cape Girardeau. Hogan transferred to Southeast Missouri State from Mineral Area College as a player. He was a member of Southeast's 1976 baseball team which finished third at the NCAA Division II College World Series. The 1976 squad later became the first baseball team to be inducted into the Southeast Missouri State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeast in 1977 and went on to serve as a graduate assistant at Mississippi State in 1978-79.
Before coaching at southeast, Hogan accepted his first head coaching position at Lurleen B. Wallace College in 1982. In 1990, Hogan moved to the NCAA Division II level, where he coached at West Alabama.
Steve Bieser has been named interim head coach. A national search will be conducted at the end of the 2013 campaign. Bieser will have an opportunity to be a candidate for the permanent head coaching position, according to the university. Bieser was the Redhawks pitching coach. He is a 1989 Southeast graduate.
"He's been a mentor to me and he told me that whenever the time is right that you'll know when the time is right," Bieser said. "He definitely knew the time was right. His family was definitely supportive of it. Coach is a very smart man and I know he spent a lot of time on it making this decision. And that's kinda how I found out and it just happened so quickly."
Here is a breakdown of Hogan's accomplishments provided by Southeast Missouri State University.
• 31 years, including 18 at Southeast Missouri (1995-2012)
• 1,627 games coached, including 983 at Southeast Missouri
• 911 career victories (between NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NJCAA Division I ranks)
• 526 victories at Southeast Missouri (5th in the OVC)
• .536 winning percentage at Southeast Missouri
• 248 OVC victories
• 80 All-OVC selections, including 40 first-team picks
• 43rd in the NCAA in victories among coaches at four-year colleges
• 18 OVC Tournament Appearances
• 15 Major League Draft picks
• 13 All-Americans
• 9 seasons with 30 or more wins
• 8 seasons with 15 or more OVC wins
• 5 OVC Pitcher of the Year selections
• 4 OVC Player of the Year selections
• 4 OVC Rookie of the Year selections
• 2 OVC Tournament Championships (1998, 2002)
• 2 NCAA Regional Appearances (1998, 2002)
• 2 Southeast Missouri Hall of Famers
• 1 OVC Regular-Season Championship (2002)
• 1 OVC Athlete of the Year