Nobody asked me but...I would place Kevin Self, Mitch Wood, Tim Green and Ted Mauk on the Mt. Rushmore of high school baseball coaches in the Southeast Missouri area.
Self has coached at Sikeston since 1997 and since then the Bulldogs have been the cream of the crop in Southeast Missouri.
Under Self, Sikeston had six straight 20-win seasons from 2000-2005. During that time frame the Bulldogs finished second in Class 3A in 2001, garnered fourth place in Class 3 in 2002 and captured third place in Class 3 in 2004.
In the 2004 season Sikeston went 27-2.
Self has won five district titles at Sikeston and has a record of 192-53 in 10 years with the Bulldogs. Self coached one year at Scott County Central in 1996, leading the team to a winning season, and has an overall record of 201-61 with a winning percentage of .767, which places Self third all-time in state history according to the MSHSAA Records Book.
The next baseball coach on the mount is Oran's Mitch Wood. The Eagles are considered a state power in Class 1 baseball every single season.
Wood has coached at Oran for 17 years dating back to 1990. In that span, Wood has a 318-94 record and a .772 winning percentage, which is the best percentage of any high school baseball coach in the state according to the record book.
Wood has won nine district titles and the Eagles have finished second in Class 1 in 1998, 2003 and 2004.
Oran has won third place in Class 1 on three separate occasions in 1999, 2002 and this past season.
The third head on the mount is Tim Green who coached at Clearwater from 1996-2004. Green led the Tigers to seven district titles in his nine coaching seasons.
Green has an overall record of 302-90 with a .770 winning percentage, which is the second best percentage in the state behind Wood.
Clearwater made the state tournament in Class 2 under Green three times. In 2001 and 2003, the Tigers finished second. Clearwater took fourth place in 2005.
The final head on the mount is Ted Mauk from Lilbourn and later New Madrid County Central. Mauk coached 28 years and had a record of 332-156. Mauk ranks No. 13 all-time in the state for high school baseball victories.
Mauk won eight total district titles at Lilbourn and NMCC from 1967-1994. Mauk led Lilbourn to the Class A state tournament in 1976 and 1979, finishing in second and third place respectively.
Lilbourn lost to undefeated Dixon (21-0) in 1976.
Other baseball coaches receiving consideration:
Stan Walden- Caruthersville and Farmington
Steve Williams- Cape Central
A.J. Nugent- Dexter
* The best Major League Baseball players of all time at each position are as follows:
1B- Lou Gehrig (New York Yankees)
2B- Rogers Hornsby (St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs)
SS- Honus Wagner (Pittsburgh Pirates)
3B- Mike Schmidt (Philadelphia Phillies)
OF- Willie Mays (N.Y./San Francisco Giants)
OF- Babe Ruth (New York Yankees)
OF- Ted Williams (Boston Red Sox)
Utl- Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds)
C- Johnny Bench (Cincinnati Reds)
P- Sandy Koufax (Los Angeles Dodgers)
And finally, nobody asked me but...what the heck, Sikeston's Mt. Rushmore of athletes. Remember folks, high school accomplishments only.
James Wilder (1975-1976)
Keith Ziegenhorn (1949-1952)
Bob Lohr (1952-1954)
Tiger Boyd (1989-1991)
Dennis Bean (1982-1984)
Justin Robinson (1998-2000)
Kenneth Dement (1947-1950)
Chris Lowe (1981-1983)
Fred Towns (1969)
Steven Geralds (1995)
Bryan Ellitt (2000)
Lontas McClinton (2003)
Lee Turner (1989)
Allen Hatchett (1995)
Tiger Boyd (1992)
Jermaine Harrington (1994)
Blake DeWitt (2004)
Jacob Priday (2004)
Brent Self (1998)
Brian Harper (1985)
Brian Price (1987)
Lance Rhodes (2004)
Blake Ledbetter (1995)
Justin Towe (1992)