Two former mountaineers are back on the WV Black Bears coaching staff
MORGANTOWN, WV — Two former West Virginia University infielders have been named to the West Virginia Black Bears coaching staff for the upcoming season, the organization announced on Tuesday.
Managing the Black Bears for the second straight year is former 2010 MLB second-round pick Jedd Gyorko.
Gyorko, who enjoyed an eight-year Major League Baseball career with the Padres, Cardinals, Dodgers and Brewers, made his baseball coaching debut in 2021 with West Virginia. He led the Black Bears to a 30-19-6 record and a second-place finish in the first year of the MLB Draft League.
Former WVU infielder Jimmy Galusky will also return to the team. Galusky is also entering his second year in the coaching ranks, but will now be the hitting coach for the Black Bears. The Preston County native was the team’s position coach a season ago.
Galusky was taken in the 20th round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox and played 37 games for two underage teams.
Both Gyorko and Galusky mentored current WVU freshman first baseman Grant Hussey last summer while he competed for the Black Bears.
Four Mountaineer pitchers are expected to play for WVU alumni this summer.
The Black Bears season kicks off June 2, with the home opener at Wagener Field at Monongalia County Ballpark scheduled for June 7.