Mike Mussina has an impressive resume from his career as an MLB pitcher, but the 44-year-old is now moving on to a different sport since his retirement in 2008. The former Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees starter has been unanimously voted in by the Montoursville school board as the next head boys basketball coach at Montoursville Area High School in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Mussina will now return to his Alma mater after a long career in the MLB, and he’s actually very familiar with basketball in the area. Outside of being a standout baseball player at Montoursville Area High School, he also played basketball and scored 1,382 points on the court during that time.
His athletic abilities ended up landing him a job with the Orioles as a first-round pick in the 1990 MLB Draft after his college days at Stanford University. Two years after being drafted, he was called up to the big leagues and he became an instant hit in Baltimore.
Time flies by, and before it was all said and done Mike Mussina won seven Gold Glove Awards and was named to the All-Star team five times. He left Baltimore in 2001 to join the Yankees where he played for seven seasons before retiring from the game.
Mussina never won a World Series though he appeared in two with the Yankees in 2001 and 2003 respectively. His success on the baseball diamond will now take to the basketball court in hopes of revamping his Alma mater’s squad.
According to the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, Mussina has coached youth baseball and basketball since retiring from the MLB over five years ago. He will become the school’s third coach in the past five years and last season’s head coach, Mark Molesky, will stay with the team as Mussina’s first assistant.
The Sun-Gazette also reported that he will be paid a stipend of $4,170 for his services as the new head basketball coach for the Warriors, who finished last season with a 5-17 record.
Do you believe Montoursville Area High School has picked a winner in Mike Mussina to take over as the boys head basketball coach?
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