FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
"Steve is a great hire for our program," said Coach Hogan. "Being able to bring one of our alumni back to work with our organization is very exciting. His successes at every level of baseball speak for themselves. His leadership and player development skills are exceptional and we welcome Steve and his family back to Cape Girardeau."
Bieser, a native of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, arrives after a very successful coaching career at St. John Vianney High. In seven seasons at the St. Louis school, he compiled a 137-51 record, along with two state championships in 2004 and 2006.
In 2009, he took over the Danville Dans of the Prospect League. He currently coaches two Redhawk players, his son Cole Bieser and Jesse Tierney on the Dans.
Five of his players have been selected in the First Year Major League Player Draft (1st, 5th, 22st, 22nd, & 42nd rounds). Over 80-percent of his high school players have gone on to play collegiate baseball with 12 playing at the Division I level, four attaining freshmen All-American status and one, former Redhawk Jim Klocke, being named a two-time All-American.
As a player, Bieser graduated from Southeast Missouri State in 1989 and was drafted in the 32nd round of the 1989 June Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies.
On April 1, 1997, he made his Major League debut with the New York Mets. He appeared in 47 games as a utility player that year.
He signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1998, appearing in 13 games. He ended his major league career with a .250 batting average, a .351 on-base percentage and a .300 slugging percentage in 80 major league at-bats.
In 2001 , he ended his professional career as a player for the Memphis Redbirds.
"I’m really excited and can’t wait to get to work," said Bieser. "It’s great to get back to the place where my baseball career started. This is something I’ve been considering for a long time and I look forward to this opportunity."
Bieser and his wife, Diahann, have a son (Cole) and three daughters, Whitley (15), Briley (12) and Carley (4).