Johnson becomes MSU pitching coach

MSU pitching coach Wes Johnson, left
For Starkville Daily News

Last week, Mississippi State head baseball coach John Cohen promised one of the nation’s elite pitching coaches would be joining his program soon.
State’s skipper fulfilled his promise Friday when he announced 18-year coaching veteran Wes Johnson as MSU’s new pitching coach. Known nationally for his player development and ability to increase velocity throughout his staff, Johnson arrives in Starkville after serving as the pitching coach the past four years at Dallas Baptist University. During his tenure in Texas, DBU advanced to three NCAA Regionals, had 14 pitchers drafted and set single-season records for earned run average, strikeouts, saves and every other major statistical pitching category.
“We are pleased to welcome Coach Johnson to our staff,” said Cohen, whose last two pitching coaches went on to become head coaches alongside him in the Southeastern Conference. “His background and resume speaks for itself. Wes is one of the premier pitching coaches in the country. His teaching skills and adaptability will make this transition seamless.”
For more on Johnson's hiring, see the story by Starkville Daily News MSU beat writer Joel Coleman in Saturday's edition.