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Mustangs batting coach Johnny Coy talks to infielder Matt Wollnick prior to a game this summer.

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 10.

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.

“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.”

Team owner and CEO Dan Gerson said 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.”

Coy learned his coaching style from not only Johnson, but two legendary coaches: his Benton high school coach Mike Musser and his college coach, Gene Stephenson.

The Mustangs will hold a press conference at 3:45 p.m. today to welcome Coy to his new position. The team’s 2018 schedule will be released in the fall.

Coy played baseball for Benton High School and was a two-time, first-team All-Missouri Valley selection at Wichita State. He was named Benton’s head baseball coach in the spring.

Brandon Zenner can be reached at brandon.zenner@newspressnow.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NPNowZenner.