05/21/2018 9:48 AM
2600 SW Parkway
St. Joseph, MO 64503
May 21st, 2018
By Justin Grubb
After nine incredible seasons, longtime Mustangs manager Matt Johnson decided to call it a career at the end of last season. His successor? St. Joseph native, as well as former Mustangs player and assistant coach, Johnny Coy.
Coy went to Benton High School in St. Joseph, MO where he was a two sport, two-time All-State athlete in baseball and basketball. He went on to have a successful collegiate baseball career at Wichita State where he won a slew of awards including multiple National Hitter of the Week awards, 1st Team Freshman All-American and Preseason All-American. In addition to managing the Mustangs, Johnny is the Head Baseball Coach at his alma mater, Benton High School.
Johnny’s Mustangs career began in 2009 as a player. He played two seasons (2009-2010) and set two franchise season records with 13 home runs and 58 RBIs in 2010. This will be Coy’s fourth season on the Mustangs coaching staff.
“I feel very excited for the opportunity to lead the Mustangs and continue the legacy that has been what makes the Mustangs such a great organization,” Coy said. “I love St. Joseph and I love the people that live here. Having played for the Mustangs and coached since pretty much the beginning in 2009, I understand how important the Mustangs are to this community. It’s the perfect relationship.”
Even though there is a new man in charge, Coy says his expectations for the team won’t be any different than years past,
“Have fun, play hard and work hard to get better. I expect a very talented team this year and more importantly a great group of kids.”
As for himself, Johnny isn’t changing much either, saying, “Enjoy the game of baseball, enjoy the relationships that I will develop this summer and just be myself. Everything else will take care of itself.”
Success on the diamond will be a large part of Johnny’s focus this season, but no matter what the wins and losses columns look like, one thing will remain.
“What’s unique about summer baseball is on that first day you bring a bunch of strangers together for that first practice, and by the end of the summer they develop lifelong friendships. It’s fun watching those relationships develop every single year.”