Jan 18, 2023
On today's episode of the "The Runway Decade Podcast," hosts
Bill Bush and Pete Bush, advisors at Horizon Financial Group talk
to two-time NCAA baseball coach of the year Mike Bianco. He is the
head coach Ole Miss, the reigning College World Series Champs, and
reached the pinnacle of his sport and career by winning the
- 2:47: Mike is fortunate to do what he does as a baseball coach
and works with young people in intercollegiate athletics, and when
you go to work, there are thousands of people watching you what you
- 3:30: Mike played at LSU, went to the College World Series as a
player and then was an assistant for the legendary Skip Bertman for
five years and was fortunate enough to go to the World Series four
times as an assistant coach and won three national
- 4:42: At Ole Miss Mike says he’s got a great fan base. They
were in the top five in national attendance for the last 15-16
years or so and have been in the top two or three along with LSU
and some other of our counterparts in the Southeastern
- 8:08: Mike knew LSU had a great coach and they played in
Southeastern Conference, and he got an opportunity visit there and
fell in love with the place and great campus and a great coaching
staff and he just wanted to play college baseball.
- 9:50: Back in the days, you could go to spring training game
and lean over the dugout and hand your ball and Tony Perez would
grab it, sign it, hand it back to you but you can't do that
anymore. But that was a cool time, says Mike.
- 12:42: Mike says it was very different to play under coach
Bertman. He told them that they were getting a PhD, Harvard
Education in baseball and they laughed when they were at that age,
but it was true.
- 15:31: In year 1989, we didn't play well all year long either
but it's interesting how teams end up being in the World Series and
all kind of different paths, says Pete.
- 16:50 Mike beats Auburn on the road to remain number 1 and so
they were number one for two weeks in a row and then they came home
and got beat up by Tennessee and that set us into a tailspin for
about six weeks where they didn't play well for a few weeks and
lost some series they probably shouldn't have.
- 20:11: Mike explains how it is terrific for a team to hear from
a guy that has worn the uniform, a guy that has won a national
championship and now is a successful businessman.
- 22:39: Mike explains how fortunate he was that he started
drawing in the people who bought into this vision of baseball and
they started having success and they needed to build seats.
- 28:01: If someone is good enough to play sport, they are good
enough to play anywhere.
- 30:48: Keeping championship and all that aside, Mike feels
super blessed in so many ways to be able to do and work and do
something that he loves to do and has done it basically his whole
life because not so many people get to do that.
- 32:31: Mike and his wife were putting $50 away in a retirement
plan, so thankfully that they started it then when they were trying
to play catch up because in your mid 50s and you're so thankful
that you were disciplined and that you did it earlier.
- 35:30: The first time on the ESPN coverage Bill saw that he was
hugging one of the players and the second shot of Mike is hugging
one of the Oklahoma guys and really struck him that sportsmanship
is certainly a pillar of what you preach.
- 43::37: Every kid or every person of our age remembers sitting
and watching, like Hill Street Blues or whatever that show was with
your family and that was really a cool time.
- 45:13: If you are playing the sport, you're supposed to have
fun. You are supposed to try to succeed. Not sit there and scared
and hope and have moms clap that you have a good eye, says
Three Key Points
- Mike was one of the fortunate folks who has carved out a career
in this great sport of baseball. He takes the listeners back to
where it all began.
- Mike talks about his reconnect with Luis Garcia, one of their
old 89 teammate and going down to Miami and running into him again
because the guys that they had played with never going to separate
from each other.
- As per Mike you got to find what works for you, whatever that
is or whatever routine that is because everything is about catching
- "In any profession, if you’re fortunate enough to reach the
pinnacle at least at some point, it's just what you dream about." –
- "Somewhere between t-ball and high school baseball, you lose
four and a half million baseball players." - Mike
- "When you are in danger you don't need anybody else to lose
their games. Just try to win your games." – Mike
- "You are having a top-notch facility at front stage and the
backstage part and with that the improvements you guys have made
over the years are phenomenal." – Bill
- "I always talk about Coach Bertman, but the best thing that
happened to me in my life that I met Cammy, my wife. Cammy was a
trainer at LSU." - Mike
- "I think I can handle, and I think my coaching staff could
handle but I don't think I wanted my son to have to handle that he
is a coach's son." - Mike
- "I work with the 18- to 22-year-old kids and that's one of the
things that I think kind of keeps you young, keeps you mobile, and
keeps you moving around." - Mike
- "I do like emotion. I love the guys that play with positive
emotion because what I do is more than just coach baseball. I teach
life lessons." - Mike