ABCA names Bianco National Coach of the Year

Published 2:41 pm Wednesday, June 29, 2022

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Ole Miss head baseball coach Mike Bianco has been named the National Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association, announced Wednesday.

It is the second coach of the year nod in as many days for the Rebel skipper, who also received the recognition from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Tuesday.

The long-time head coach of the Rebel program captured the first national championship in program history with a 4-2 win over No. 4 Oklahoma on Sunday.

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At one point sitting near the bottom of the SEC standings, the Rebels completed a magical run through the postseason, finishing on top after being the last team included in the field of 64 for the NCAA Tournament. Ole Miss went 10-1 during the postseason, registering wins over No. 6 Miami, No. 10 Southern Miss, No. 7 Auburn, No. 3 Arkansas and No. 4 Oklahoma.

Having just completed his 22nd year at the helm of the Rebel program, Bianco has coached the Rebels to four-straight 40-win seasons, one of four programs in the nation to do so.

During his run in Oxford, Bianco has coached the Rebels to 18 NCAA Tournament appearances, including eight Super Regional appearances and a pair of trips to the College World Series. With 854 career wins, Bianco ranks third all-time in the SEC in wins behind only Ron Polk and Skip Bertman.