Mike Mussina has a surprising new job — high school basketball coach at his alma mater

Mike Oz
Big League Stew

We are now in the era of coaching where Walt Weiss becomes the manager of the Colorado Rockies with only high school coaching experience. And where Jason Kidd can retire from the NBA one week and be a leading candidate for a head-coaching job the next.

So when you hear about former MLB all-star Mike Mussina getting a coaching gig, you wonder if it's something high profile and sexy.

Actually, Mussina was hired Tuesday as the head BASKETBALL coach at his alma mater, Montoursville High School at Montoursville, Penn. That's near Williamsport, the city best known as the home of the Little League World Series.

Mussina, 44, played basketball at Montoursville High in addition to baseball and football. According to the Sun Gazette, he scored 1,382 points in his basketball career. He struck out 2,813 batters during his MLB career with the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees (from 1991-2008), so obviously he made the right choice pursuing baseball.

At his new gig, Mussina will make $4,170, which is sofa change compared to the $88.5 million contract he signed in 2000 to leave the Orioles for the Yankees. His task as basketball coach will be to turnaround a team that finished 5-17 last season and hasn't made the playoffs since 2008.

Mussina should cross his fingers that he does well and Jason Kidd gets the Nets job. If so, who knows, Mussina could be coaching the Sixers in a few years.

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