West Johnston High School has promoted assistant coach Josh Plisko to head coach of the Wildcats’ baseball program. Plisko has been a part of the West staff for the past two seasons under departing head coach Joey Worley.
“I am extremely excited to have been named head coach of West Johnston’s baseball program,” Plisko said in a statement. “I would like to thank the administration, athletic director, and community for their support and look forward to preparing the program for continued success.”
West Johnston won the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference in 2016, going 12-2 in conference play and shared the 2015 conference with Garner.
“Coach Plisko brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the head coaching position that will propel our baseball program toward continued success in the Greater Neuse River Conference and beyond,” said West athletics director Jimmy Williams.
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Plisko is a health and physical education teacher at West Johnston.
“I am confident Coach Plisko will work hard to continue the tradition of excellence in our baseball program,” said West principal Paula Coates. “He is a person of integrity who is committed to player development both academically and athletically.”
Worley, a prep baseball standout himself at Princeton High School, is expected to be named head baseball coach at Carolina Forest High School in South Carolina soon. (The move is awaiting a rubber stamp school board approval.) He was 46-27 during his three seasons leading the West Johnston nine and also served as the head coach of the Evoshield Canes 16U and 17U club teams.
He joins a Carolina Forest coaching staff that includes two more former Johnston County head coaches. Former Cleveland High head football coach Marc Morris leads a Panther football program that includes former South Johnston High head coach Shane Dular.