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Southeast Missouri State baseball coach Mark Hogan retires

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Southeast Missouri State coach Mark Hogan walks back to the dugout after making a pitching change Saturday, May 19, 2012 at Capaha Field.
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Southeast Missouri State University's winningest baseball coach in school history has coached his last game there.

Mark Hogan, who directed the program at his alma mater the past 18 seasons, announced his retirement Monday morning during a news conference at the Show Me Center.

Hogan finished with a 526-456-1 record at Southeast. He led the program to its only Ohio Valley Conference championships, winning the regular-season title in 1998 and tournament crowns in 1998 and 2002, and to its only NCAA Division I tournament berths, in 1998 and 2002.

Hogan, a Cape Girardeau native and Central High School graduate, led Southeast to the OVC tournament for 18 consecutive seasons, a conference record.

"It's a wonderful day for the Hogan family, and it's a day of celebration for me personally," said Hogan, who played on Southeast's 1976 team that finished third in the Division II College World Series. "It's been an incredible ride."

Hogan has a 31-year coaching record of 911-713-3, including stops at Lurleen Wallace College, a junior college in Alabama, and Division II West Alabama.

Southeast president Ken Dobbins lauded Hogan in a prepared statement.

"Coach Hogan has been an extremely successful baseball coach for Southeast Missouri State University for the past 18 years," Dobbins said. "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."

Southeast athletic director Mark Alnutt said that assistant coach and former Southeast player Steve Bieser will serve as the interim coach for the 2013 season, then the university will conduct a national search for Hogan's replacement.

"I truly believe we're fortunate to have a person in Steve Bieser to lead our program this year," Alnutt said.

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Good Job Mark Hogan an outstanding coach and great all American you will be missed by all of us.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Mon, Jul 30, 2012, at 12:17 PM

Thank you Coach Hogan for all the memories. The 1998 team and 2002 teams were fabulous to watch and follow. Hopefully, SEMO will be inducting these two teams into the athletic Hall of Fame in the near future to honor not only those players but also you and your respective assistant coaches in those years. With that said all your teams were fun to watch. Hope you have a wonderful retirement.

-- Posted by moverandshaker on Mon, Jul 30, 2012, at 12:20 PM

Congrats Coach. Thanks for the opportunity you gave my son to play at SEMO. It has been a great experience. Good luck to Coach Bieser.

-- Posted by Redhawkfan81 on Mon, Jul 30, 2012, at 12:37 PM

Good job....that a way to win 1 tournament championship this millenium. Maybe with a new coach semo will win more than 1 ncaa tournament this current decade. Gonna miss You.....

-- Posted by Backyard ball on Mon, Jul 30, 2012, at 2:43 PM

Thanks, Backyard ball, for another gutless post on this website. Coach Hogan was an excellent leader for a university that has struggled in mightily in the two money-making sports since going D-I. Baseball, however, has been a consistently winning program with Coach Hogan at the helm. A new coach may indeed lead the team to more wins, but 29 wins a season is nothing to sneeze at (Although, I'm sure, Backyard would have had SEMO going to Omaha every year). Thanks, Coach, for everything you've done for Southeast Missouri University and the baseball program. As for you, Backyard ball, maybe you should have gone with "Backyard ball-less" as your handle.

Adam Sherry

-- Posted by notgood on Mon, Jul 30, 2012, at 7:33 PM

Backyard ball, he's led the team to the OVC tournament every one of the 18 yrs he's been here, setting an OVC record. He's also the only SEMO baseball coach to have a team win the OVC championship, and he did it 3 times. By contrast, how many OVC championships has SEMO won in basketball and football in that same time frame? Rather than take swipes at the man, why not just recognize him for what he has accomplished. Really, if you think you can do better, the job is now open. :)

-- Posted by pmiinch on Mon, Jul 30, 2012, at 9:01 PM

job well done, Coach !! you will be missed.

-- Posted by chiefsagamore on Mon, Jul 30, 2012, at 9:38 PM

"he's led the team to the OVC tournament every one of the 18 yrs he's been here"

Is that impressive? I thought for most of the years 6 out the 8 OVC team went to the tournament. Now that they have 10 members it offers at least a little bit of a challenge but for a long time all qualifying for the tournament meant was the team simply wasn't the most inept team in the league(aka wasn't the UT Martin baseball program).

"He's also the only SEMO baseball coach to have a team win the OVC championship, and he did it 3 times."

Incorrect. He won the OVC championship only twice, not three times. The OVC had 8 teams each of those years as well. For an 18 year reign in a small conference just 2 championships seems like it should be expected. In 18 tournament chances just the random nature of baseball should cause an otherwise mediocre team to get hot for a few days and win the tournament once or twice.

"A new coach may indeed lead the team to more wins, but 29 wins a season is nothing to sneeze at"

Was Coach Hogan even better than .500 if you remove the wins against lower level NAIA and Div II teams?

From a realistic point of view Coach Hogan was a perfectly average OVC level coach for a number of years. That is nice and I wish him a good retirement, but some of the plaudits are a bit over the top.

-- Posted by Nil on Mon, Jul 30, 2012, at 11:17 PM

well said Nil

-- Posted by le888 on Tue, Jul 31, 2012, at 6:32 AM

Congrats to a good guy.

-- Posted by ssinteriors on Tue, Jul 31, 2012, at 7:40 AM

Coach Hogan came to SEMO and made this program a Division 1 success. He is very proud of where he started in baseball and the success he has accomplished. The players these days are not the hard grit players the SE Missouri has seen in the 80's and early 90's (and before). Todays players are pampered, weak minded and this develops through these silly "select" teams that money allows. Mark, good luck my friend!

-- Posted by semopride on Tue, Jul 31, 2012, at 8:15 AM

Mark: Congratulations to you and your family on your retirement and for the success that you brought to SEMO's Baseball Program for the last 18 years. A lot of water has gone under the bridge since we were teammates for the Cape American Legion Team under the leadership of John "Doc" Yallaly. Yallaly wasn't the only "Doc" that we had on that team as you were nicknamed "Doc Hogan" for crawling on top of Coach Yallaly and popping his back whenever it would get out of line. No one can top the stories with Coach Joe Uhls and I can tell you this...Coach Uhls couldn't be happier with the way in which you have led the very program that he put on the map. I wish you well and now your family will enjoy getting reaquainted as only those of us who have given so much time to this great game will understand.

Galen McSpadden

Atheltic Director/Baseball Coach

Seward County Community College

-- Posted by Galen McSpadden on Tue, Jul 31, 2012, at 3:27 PM

Change will be good for all parties. Let's move forward and look to success in 2013.

-- Posted by SEMO72a on Tue, Jul 31, 2012, at 4:44 PM

Coach Hogan's .536 winning percentage over an extended baseball career, with two titles, puts him in the company of several of the last managers to be inducted into the MLB Hall of

Fame. These managers are:

1) Whitey Herzog, inducted in 2010, winning percentage of .532, 1 World Series championship;

2) Dick Williams, inducted in 2008, .520, 2 WS rings;

3) Billy Southworth, 2008, .597, 2 titles;

4) Sparky Anderson, 2000, .545; 3 titles.

So, coach, congratulations of a very successful career.

-- Posted by tom on Tue, Jul 31, 2012, at 8:39 PM

Tom, I like Mark, but I'm going to have to say what you just compared him to was the most ignorant thing I have ever read.

-- Posted by ToastedCheesesus on Wed, Aug 1, 2012, at 6:02 PM

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