Commissioners honor Mike Fields
By Rick Pedone
The Osceola County Board of Commissioners honored one of Osceola County’s legendary coaches with “Mike Fields Day” May 30.
The proclamation, passed May 19 at the board’s regular meeting, saluted Fields for his 36-year career as the baseball coach and athletic director at St. Cloud High, and for the past 10 years as the Harmony High baseball coach. Fields announced in February that he was retiring from coaching at the conclusion of the 2014 baseball season.
Fields guided three St. Cloud baseball teams to the state tournament, and three of his Harmony teams won the district championship. His 2013 team reached the regional finals, one step from the state tournament.
Fields became the 14th baseball coach in Florida high school history to win 600 games in March. He ended his career with 610 victories.
As the athletic director at St. Cloud High, Fields saw the school win Florida High School Athletic Association Sportsmanship Awards twice.
“Coach Fields’ coaching achievements through the years have inspired many youth in Osceola County in the pursuit of athletic and academic excellence,” the proclamation states.
A retirement ceremony to honor
Mike Fields, top right, with his Harmony baseball team after his 600th career win.
Fields will be held June 13 at the Royal St. Cloud Golf Links.