Bianco hires Clement to take over hitting duties
Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco has added Mike Clement to his baseball staff. Clement will take overas hitting coach, the role held by Cliff Godwin, who was hired to be the new head coach at East Carolina last month.
Clement, a native of Marshalltown, Iowa, comes to Oxford after spending two years at Kansas State. The Wildcats were ranked nationally in several different offensive categories in 2013, including second in the nation in batting average, (.322), his first season at KSU.
“We’re excited to announce Mike Clement as our new hitting coach here at Ole Miss,” Bianco said in a release from the school. “He brings great experience and a wealth of knowledge with him to our program. He’s had success everywhere he has been with some outstanding programs. Mike stood out amongst many great candidates for this position. He will be in charge of our hitters and will assist our recruiting coordinator, Carl Lafferty, on the recruiting trail.”
A year after winning 45 games and the Big 12 Championship, the Wildcats took a dip in 2014, finishing with a 25-30 record. KSU was still solid at the plate, finishing with a .283 team batting average. Four starters were hitting .296 or better at the end of a season. KSU also stole bases at a good percentage, garnering 89 in 106 attempts.
Prior to his two seasons at KSU, Clement spent three years at Texas A&M and four at Texas-San Antonio. During his three seasons in College Station, Clement help the Aggies reach the College World Series in 2011 as well as Big 12 Championships in 2011 and 2010.