Baseball: Keanon Simon to be named new head coach

It has been reported that now former El Reno varsity baseball coach Keanon Simon will accept the same position at Mustang pending school board approval at a future meeting on June 29.

Courtesy Photo/Glen Miller-El Reno Tribune It has been reported that former El Reno coach Keanon Simon will accept the same position at Mustang High School during a future school board meeting on June 29.

Courtesy Photo/Glen Miller-El Reno Tribune
It has been reported that former El Reno coach Keanon Simon will accept the same position at Mustang High School during a future school board meeting on June 29.

Simon resigned from El Reno Friday and was officially released by El Reno Superintendent Craig McVay and the district’s school board Monday as reported by the El Reno Tribune.

Mustang Athletic Director Chuck Bailey and the school cannot comment on the potential hire until it is officially approved by Superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel and Mustang’s school board.

Simon took over at El Reno after the 2013 spring season, coming straight from a stint as a professional player in the minor leagues. He guided the Indians to a 56-55 overall record in three years, including a 24-14 record in 2016 and the school’s first appearance in the Class 5A state tournament in 16 years.

McVay told the Tribune’s Glen Miller he was straightforward in his phone call with Mustang’s administration about Simon’s capabilities as a coach and his status at El Reno.

“I told them that he had all the attributes of a great young coach, but I also urged Mustang to understand we didn’t want to lose him but that it would be a great hire for them,” he said.

Simon was a standout player collegiately for Oklahoma State University from 2004-2006 and played basketball and baseball in high school. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 25th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball June Amateur Draft and spent nine seasons in the minors before a knee injury ended his playing career.

Mustang filled the position quickly following the resignation of former coach Scott Selby after the 2016 spring season. Selby finished his five-year stint at Mustang with a 119-72 overall record.

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