Mr. Mike Fields, a 1969 West Vigo graduate, has been an outstanding influence on countless individuals throughout his athletic career. While in high school, Mike played football and basketball during his junior and senior years and baseball from his sophomore year on. M Mike moved to St. Cloud, Florida, where he continued to influence others as a varsity baseball coach for 38 years. He has a coaching career baseball record of 610-428, and is one of only fourteen high school baseball coaches in Florida to win over 600 games. Osceola County has designated May 30th as “Mike Field’s Day”, and in 2010, St. Cloud High School renamed their baseball clubhouse “The Mike Fields Baseball Clubhouse”. In 2009, Harmony High School named their baseball field “The Mike Field’s Baseball Complex” and retired jersey #20 in 2014. St. Cloud High School had retired jersey #20 the year before. Mike has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at both St. Cloud and Harmony High Schools and was Osceola’s County Coach of the Year. Mike’s coaching abilities led his St. Cloud team to the Final 4 three different times in the FHSAA. Mike has coached many winning district and sectional championship teams and has the distinction of his team at Eastern Hancock winning the sectional championship – a fete they have not accomplished since. He has been the Orange Belt Conference Coach of the Year numerous times, with the latest occurring in 2014. Mike has recently won the Ring of Honor from the FHSAA. This prestigious award is given to only one high school coach throughout Florida. Mike has even had the privilege of throwing out the first pitch at a Houston Astro’s spring training game.
Mike’s accomplishments extend beyond the baseball field. Mike established the Reading Builds Intelligence (RBI) club at a local elementary school in which varsity baseball players read with elementary students throughout the school year. Pizza, as well as hundreds of T-shirts and trophies, have been given out as prizes for those youths who meet certain reading criteria.
Mike has also established a “Make a Difference Day” at Harmony High School. Varsity baseball players involve and challenge other varsity players at Harmony High, as well as their rival high school, to collect canned goods and money for the local St. Cloud Food Pantry. During the past nine years, participants in the Make A Difference Day have collected over $15,000 and 25 truckloads of food for the local food pantry.
Mike is the son of Bill and Evelyn Fields. Mike is married to Leigh and has four children, Steffanie, Mika, Trent, and Chase.
Sadly, Mike passed away in October 2015.