Johnson hired as next MSU pitching coach

Wes Johnson

Wes Johnson

Last Thursday, Butch Thompson left Mississippi State to become the head coach at Auburn.

A week later, the Bulldogs hired Wes Johnson of Dallas Baptist to serve as their new pitching coach.

Johnson is expected to be formally announced for the position by John Cohen during a press conference Friday at 11:30 a.m.

Johnson has spent the past four seasons as pitching coach at Dallas Baptist. Last spring his hurlers posted a 3.32 earned run average with 503 strikeouts and 215 walks in 548 innings. Opposing hitters batted just .243 against his staff.

Johnson had a dozen pitchers selected in the MLB Draft during his four years at DBU, including four this past spring led by third round selection Drew Smith.

The Arkansas Monticello alum also spent three seasons at Central Arkansas and one at Southern Arkansas. Johnson also served as head coach at Abundant Life (Ark.) High School for four years going 102-25 and winning a state championship in 2006.

Cohen also interviewed Cal State Fullerton pitching coach Jason Dietrich for the position last weekend. Sources confirmed to the Daily Journal that both parties mutually agreed on Monday that it was not a good fit.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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