Clarksville, Ark.-U of O Head Baseball Coach Bill Mueller has accepted the Athletics Director position at Andrean High School in Merrillville, Indiana and will begin his new appointment this month.
Mueller, who has coached at Ozarks the past four years and graduated from Andrean in 1981, will supervise 18 sports within the athletic department and may also serve as an assistant baseball coach. "I’m really happy and excited about moving back to my hometown," said Mueller. "It was such a good opportunity and the timing was right. I’ll be able to be close to my family too. The current baseball coach was my coach when I went there and that was also a big factor." Andrean is a private school with 750 students and has consistently been one of the top baseball programs in the state. The school has produced numerous collegiate baseball players. Mueller starred at Andrean and earned a scholarship to Indiana University as a catcher where he set career and season school records for home runs, hits, runs batted in, total bases and games played. He played one year in the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league organization and later returned to Indiana University to serve as an assistant coach. At Ozarks, he coached several all-conference and all-academic players. "Anytime the University loses a member of its coaching staff, it’s going to be a big loss," said Jack Jones, Athletics Director. "Bill brought in a lot of good, quality athletes and we will try to bring someone in like Bill who understands the importance of academics. This is a great opportunity for he and his family. He will still be able to be involved with athletics." He and his wife Lisa have two children, Patrick (8) and Molly (2). The search for Mueller’s successor is underway and a new coach is expected to be named the first week of August.