MEDFORD—South Medford High School has named Josh Moody head coach of its baseball program.
Moody, who has been volunteering as a pitching assistant at Sandra Day O’Connor High School (his alma matter) in Arizona for the past two seasons, was already planning on moving to Medford in late August. He was turned on to the open coaching position at South Medford by Logan Odom, a former college teammate and graduate of North Medford High.
"He thought that it would be a great fit for me and he knew that I’d be looking to get into coaching after I moved to the area," Moody said. "I applied through the district website and I had a Skype interview while I was in Phoenix. I was in the Medford area in the last week or so and I met with athletic director (Tim Rupp) while I was in town.”
Moody is set to replace Ray Smith, who had been on administrative leave since May after admitting to drinking alcohol prior to South Medford’s final game of the 2018 regular season.
The Panthers were upset in the second round of the state playoffs, but will enter the 2019 season with a 21-game winning streak in Southwest Conference play that dates back to 2017. The assistant coaching staff in Eric Lund, Joe Melton, Scott Carle and Todd Vanderhoff brings a wealth of experience, and Moody said he hopes to keep them on staff.
“That’s definitely a huge asset to have because they know the players, they know the program, they know the area, which is huge for someone that’s coming out of state, coming from a couple thousand miles away," he said. "Hopefully they’re going to want to stay on and continue to help build the program in the future.”
Moody has a pitching background and his resume includes a collegiate playing career at Western Nevada Junior College in 2008 and 2009 and Arizona State University in 2010 and 2011.
He led Western Nevada to the Junior College World Series in 2009, and tossed 15 innings during his time at ASU.
Out of high school, he was a 29th round selection in the 2008 MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves.
His professional career wound up coming overseas, however, as he played for and managed the Cologne Cardinals in 2015—a German professional baseball club.
"I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of great coaches that have helped me throughout my playing career," he said. "It’s a great opportunity to give back and teach the next generation of players how to play the game the right way.”