Who will replace Godwin as our new hitting coach?
That is the question Rebel fans have been asking for weeks and is now finally answered. The athletic department did not make an official announcement on Thursday, but it was reported by RebelGrove.com that Ole Miss and Coach Mike Bianco have hired Mike Clement from Kansas State as the Rebels’ new hitting coach.
This past season, Clement (Kansas State’s hitting coach) and the Wildcats finished with an overall 25-30 record, but the hitters still had a .283 team batting average, and a .383 on-base percentage. In 2013, the Wildcats hit .322 as team, ranked no. 2 in the nation. The team would also advance to a super-regional that season.
“If there’s one thing I’ve brought to the table,” said Clement, “I guess it’s just asking them to play with a chip on their shoulders, be a blue-collar team and play really hard. They have responded to that very well.”
“I’m not a huge fan of small-ball. I love to hit gaps more than anything else, and we’ve done a good job of that. We don’t hit a ton of home runs, but we’re somewhere in the top 10 in the country in triples. We have some good athletes, so we like to hit the gaps.”
Clement could play a huge role in recruiting out of the state of Texas for the Rebels. He spent seven years there between UT-San Antonio and Texas A&M.
This is a great move for Ole Miss to reach out for an experienced hitting coach. Clement will come to Ole Miss under Mike Bianco ready to shape up rising sophomore stars next season. J.B. Woodman, Errol Robinson, Colby Bortles, and Brentley Bell all hit around .300 last season. It will be exciting to see what will happen for the Rebels’ bats in the 2015 season.