Mussina coaching high-school hoops

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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