Former Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees pitching great Mike Mussina had one of the more successful careers in the history of Major League Baseball. He finished in the top-five of the Cy Young voting six times, tallied a .638 winning percentage, and finished his career with 270 victories.
When Mussina decided to hang up the cleats following the 2008 season, the accomplished pitcher chose to spend his future days back in his hometown of Montoursville, Pennsylvania with his family. Since being back here in my home state, Mussina has been able to live comfortably and has been quite active in the community — including helping out with local youth sports teams.
Well, on Tuesday, Mussina took his involvement in local sports to the next step. He was hired to lead an athletic program at his alma mater of Montoursville Area High School — just not the one you may be thinking of.
The former MLB great was hired as the head coach of the Montoursville Area High School Boys Basketball program.
Yes, you read that correctly. The school board voted to make Mussina their head hoops coach. Now this isn’t as crazy as some may think. During his years at the school, the former Oriole and Yankee was actually a three-sport standout in baseball, basketball, and football. Mussina graduated from the school in 1987 with over 1,300 points scored in his high school basketball career.
Now, this is actually a promotion of some sorts for the coach, as he spent last season as the ninth-grade boy’s basketball headman. The Montoursville Warriors varsity program finished last season at just 5-17, so Mussina is actually being tasked with trying to revive an ailing program. Mussina will make just a tad over $4,000 for the gig next year, a far cry from the days of the $88 million paydays.
Still, it’s nice to someone who has garnered so much notoriety over their life, give back their time in a manner like this when all is said and done in their career.
So, with that being said, good luck Moose. Turning around a 5-17 team is never easy.