CARY, NC USA Baseball today named Mike Bianco of the University of Mississippi as the manager of the 2022 Collegiate National Team. Bianco enters his 22nd season as the leader of the Rebels, where in 2020 he earned the National Coach of the Year honors and became the most award-winning coach in Ole Miss history since taking over the program in 2000.
This role will be Bianco’s USA baseball management debut and his second time overall with the Collegiate National Team. His first time with Team USA came in 2013 when he served as the coach for the red, white and blue. He led the U.S. team staff to a combined 1.87 ERA, a 20-3 record, and 222 strikeouts during the summer campaign.
“We are delighted to welcome Mike back to Team USA in 2022 as the manager of the Collegiate National Team,” said Eric Campbell, general manager of the national teams. “Mike is an outstanding baseball coach who has set a remarkable standard of excellence and success in his long term at the University of Mississippi. His expertise and passion for the game will be valuable assets for these young athletes and we look forward to leading him who will undoubtedly be an exceptionally talented team this summer. ”
“I am honored and humbled to be selected as the manager of the Collegiate National Team,” Bianco said. “I did it in 2013 as an assistant and it was one of those ‘dream come true’ scenarios. “Any time you can put the USA on your chest and represent your country is a special thing and to do it again as the driver is a very good feeling.”
Bianco set an 812-462-1 (.637) record in 21 seasons at the helm of the Ole Miss program and led the Rebels to 17 post-season appearances, seven Super Regionals and a College World Series spot in 2014. He earned both his 900th career victory and his 800th victory in an Ole Miss dress with a defeat of Texas A&M on May 8, 2021, becoming one of only 16 active head coaches to reach the 900 mark and one of just two in the Southeastern Conference (SEC)) with Arkansas’s Dave Van Horn. During his tenure, Bianco led the Rebels to 30 wins or more in all of his 20 full seasons, including nine 40-win campaigns. The Rebels posted three consecutive 40-win seasons for the first time in school history from 2005-2007, picking up another trio of seasons that surpassed the 40-win notch in 2018, 2019 and 2021.
On top of that, Ole Miss tied the program record of 48 wins three times in Bianco’s career, which recently matched the point with a 48-17 (.738) record in 2018 – the best winning percentage by a Rebel team in 48 seasons. In 2020, Bianco led the Rebels with a 16-1 start to the season, ending in a 16-game winning streak that was the longest in the country and one win short of the program record for consecutive wins when the season was cut short due to the pandemic. For his efforts, Bianco became the first Ole Miss head coach to be named National Coach of the Year in 2020. The program also became a powerhouse in the SEC under Bianco’s leadership and won four Western Division titles, two SEC tournament titles and one. regular season championship.
Over the course of his career at Ole Miss, Bianco has seen 119 of his players selected in the MLB first-year draft, with 20 in the last four years alone. Under his leadership, 20 rebels have secured places on the Major League list, including 2017 All-Star Zack Cozart, two-time All-Star and 2011 World Series champion Lance Lynn, and 2016 All-Star and 2018 World Series champion Drew Pomeranz. In addition, Bianco also coached 89 All-America and Freshman All-America picks and 70 All-SEC players.
Ten of his former players have joined the Collegiate National Team, including Seth Smith (2003), Stephen Head (2003), Zack Cozart (2006), Cody Satterwhite (2007), Lance Lynn (2007), Drew Pomeranz (2009), Bobby Wahl (2012), Doug Nikhazy (2019), Hayden Dunhurst (2021), and Jacob Gonzalez (2021).
The remaining 2022 Collegiate National Team staff, as well as more information on the 2022 Collegiate National Team Schedule, will be announced at a later date.