08/28/2017 9:17 AM
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. --The St. Joseph Mustangs didn’t have to look far to find their replacement for nine year Manager Matt Johnson.
Johnny Coy has been named the new manager for the Mustangs, as the team enters year ten.
Coy, a St. Joseph native and a player for the Mustangs in the 2009 and 2010 seasons has been a member of the coaching staff for the past three seasons.
Team Owner and CEO Dan Gerson says he is excited to have Coy take over as the second Manager in Mustangs history.
“I’m very excited about Johnny getting the opportunity to lead the Mustangs,” Gerson said. “Johnny has been with us since the first season and knows not only the baseball side of things, but he also understands how we operate and how important the community and our fans are to the organization. Johnny learned his coaching style from not only Matt Johnson, but two legendary coaches, his high school coach Mike Musser and his college coach Gene Stephenson. I couldn’t be more proud to have Johnny coming on as the next manager in Mustangs history.”
Newly appointed Manager Johnny Coy says the opportunity to coach in St. Joseph means a lot.
“It’s an awesome honor to be a part of something that has been important to me since my freshman year of college,” Coy said. “It’s really important to the people of St. Joe, and I live in St. Joe, I love the people of St. Joe and to be able to run the program that so many people get so excited about is a huge opportunity and a huge honor.”
When asked how his team would compare to past Mustangs teams Coy said there would a lot of similarities.
“You know I played for Coach Johnson and then I coached with him so I know what worked well and what typically didn’t work well for other coaches I’ve worked with. Coach Johnson has always been a players coach. He always had the players backs and that is why so many players want to come back for the alumni game because of the atmosphere he created. That’s something I’m definitely going to continue and look forward to continuing for the people of St. Joe.”
Coy was recently named the Head Boys Baseball Coach at Benton High School. The Benton Athletic Department has given their seal of approval to allow Coy to lead both teams in their respective seasons.
The Mustangs will be hosting a press conference tomorrow at 3:45 p.m. at Phil Welch Stadium to welcome Coy into his new position. The public is welcome to attend.
The Mustangs schedule for the 2018 season will be released in Fall 2017.