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"He is someone who dreams pretty big." Former players talk about Missouri's Steve Bieser

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Post-Dispatch: Mizzou hands baseball program to SEMO's Bieser

The day before he officially became Southeast Missouri State’s athletics director in 2012, Mark Alnutt was stuck in St. Louis without a car and needed a ride to Cape Girardeau.

SEMO baseball assistant coach Steve Bieser happened to be in the area on a recruiting trip. He happily picked up his new boss for the 90-mile drive down Highway 55. They talked the whole drive.

"From that moment I knew this guy is good. Very good," Alnutt said.

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Prior to taking over head coaching duties at SEMO in 2013, Bieser spent the 2011-2012 seasons as the Redhawks' pitching coach, and his knack for developing talented arms carried over into his head coaching tenure.

The most notable SEMO product under Bieser was LHP Joey Lucchesi, who led the NCAA in strikeouts in 2016 and was the only pitcher OVC history to be awarded Pitcher of the Year in back-to-back seasons. Lucchesi was taken in the fourth round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft by the San Diego Padres.

SE Missourian: Former Redhawks not surprised Bieser moved up a step to Missouri

Former Redhawks pitcher Alex Winkelman thought that his credentials -- taking Southeast from a middle-of-the-pack OVC team to a perennial OVC championship contender -- and his Missouri roots made him an obvious choice.

Winkelman, now in the Houston Astros' minor league system, said Bieser runs his programs in a professional manner.

"He just handles himself so well and it's a business for him, and he treats you as his peer more than just completely as your superior," Winkelman said. "I think he's a serious man and he's just going to do whatever it takes to win, and I think that's awesome. He is someone who dreams pretty big, and when you talk to him and you're around him, you can see that he's looking big picture, looking for that next step. He's not going to settle. I think that's an infectious thing, which is what makes him a great coach. You hear how big his dreams are and then you want to emulate that or model yourself around that as well."

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Aside from success on the field, academic success was a hallmark of Bieser's program at SEMO. He mentored three Academic All-Americans, 10 Academic All-District picks, one OVC Scholar-Athlete, six OVC Medal of Honor recipients and 48 OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll selections. SEMO had at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point-average in all four years under Bieser, grabbing one OVC Team Academic Award along the way.

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