It may be met with the same media hype as LeBron James’ return home to Cleveland, but 12-year Major League Baseball veteran shortstop Jack Wilson is going back to where it all began on the baseball diamond.
According to multiple reports, Wilson accepted the job as head varsity baseball coach at his alma mater, Thousand Oaks (Calif.) High School, where he played his prep ball in the mid-1990s. The 38-year-old’s son Jacob will be a freshman this coming fall, and the Wilsons could be a package deal on the diamond.
“When I retired four years ago, I found a new passion, teaching the game on a personal level while also coaching my son,” Wilson told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday. “I’ve always enjoyed being able to take what I learned and pass it on. I have a passion for teaching.”
After two seasons at Oxnard (Calif.) College, Wilson batted .265 and collected 1,294 hits over 12 seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners and Atlanta Braves, including an All-Star campaign in 2004.
Wilson will replace Ryan Geisler, who stepped down after five seasons at the helm of Thousand Oaks.
The Lancers had hopes of ending rival Agoura’s four-year reign atop the Marmonte League, but finished the season with a 10-18 record. Agoura’s reign did end, though, at the hands of Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.), where Wilson has served as an assistant coach since retiring from the majors in 2012.