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Mike Mussina is going back to where it all started.
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Sam Gardner

Sam Gardner is a general assignment writer for FOXSports.com. Originally from Orlando, Fla., he previously covered the Orlando Magic for FOX Sports Florida and has also covered the NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals and MLB playoffs. Follow him on Twitter.

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Mike Mussina won 270 games over the course of an 18-year career with the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees, and now the right-hander, who went out with a 20-win season at the age of 39 in 2008, is taking the reins of the program where it all started.

The basketball program, that is.

According to the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, Mussina has been hired as the head basketball coach at his alma mater, Montoursville (Penn.) High School. Mussina had previously been the school’s ninth-grade basketball coach, but was promoted to head the varsity team after it went 5-17 this year under Mark Molesky, who will remain on Mussina's staff as an assistant.

It may sound unusual for a five-time MLB All-Star to be coaching high school basketball, but before Mussina went to Stanford and became a first-round pick in the 1990 draft, he excelled in basketball and football at Montoursville, where he graduated in 1987. The Sun-Gazette reports that Mussina finished his high school basketball career with 1,382 points.

As for his pay? He’ll be taking a slight cut. Mussina, who made an estimated $144 million in the Big Leagues, according to Baseball-Reference.com — which works out to a little more than $4,150 for every strike thrown for his entire career — will earn $4,170 this year in his new position.

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