Ex-Orioles pitcher Mike Mussina named boys basketball coach at his alma mater

June 12, 2013|The Baltimore Sun

Former Orioles pitcher Mike Mussina will be the new varsity boys basketball coach at his former high school, Montoursville (Pa.), according to the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

The Montoursville school board approved Mussina’s hiring Tuesday night by an 8-0 vote, the newspaper reported.

Mussina, a 1987 Montoursville grad, pitched with the Orioles from 1991-2000, going 147-81 with a 3.53 ERA. He was a five-time All-Star with the O’s. But in November 2000, he signed a six-year contract worth $88.5 million with the AL East New York Yankees, upsetting Baltimore’s fan base.

Despite leaving for the team’s biggest rival, the Orioles’ organization inducted Mussina into its Hall of Fame in 2012. He returned to Baltimore from Montoursville for the honor.

“When I was here, I loved being here,” Mussina told The Sun before the ceremony. “This was the only place I had known for the first 10 years of my career, and it was a great place to play, and it was tough to leave when I had to go."

In eight years with the Yankees, he was 123-72 with a 3.88 ERA. His final season with New York he won 20 games for the first time (20-9) at age 39 and then retired. For his career he was 270-153 for a .638 winning percentage.

The 44-year-old Mussina was a three-sport star at Montoursville before pitching for Stanford. He was the Orioles’ first-round pick in the 1990 draft (20thoverall).

At Montoursville, he scored 1,382 points during his basketball career, according to the Sun-Gazette. The Warriors went 5-17 last season.

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