Mike Mussina Becomes High School Basketball CoachBy: Shaylin Clark - June 12, 2013
Former Major League pitcher Mike Mussina has been named the head boys basketball coach at the high school from which he graduated. The Montoursville School Board voted unanimously on Tuesday to name Mussina the head coach at Montoursville Area High School.
Mussina graduated from Montoursville Area High School in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1987. He played both basketball and baseball during his time at the school, scoring an impressive 1,382 points during his time on the basketball team.
Mussina was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles immediately after high school, but elected instead to go to college. He attended Stanford University, where he graduated with a degree in economics and spent three years as one of the Standford baseball team’s top pitchers. He was drafted by the Orioles a second time after college in 1990. After only two years in the minors he made his debut with the Orioles in 1992. He played in Baltimore until 2001, when he went to the New York Yankees. He played seven seasons with the Yankees before retiring in 2008.
During his time in the majors he was a five-time All Star and a seven-time Gold Glove winner. He also made two appearances in the World Series, in 2001 and 2003 with the New York Yankees.
The Montoursville Warriors have had a rough few seasons. According to the Williamsport Sun Gazette, they went 5-17 last season and have not made the playoffs since 2008. Mussina will be the team’s third coach in five years.
Mussina, who has coached youth baseball and basketball since retiring from the Yankees, will earn a stipend of $4,170 for coaching the Montoursville this season.