HPT HiToms Name Mickey Williard Head Coach
High Point/Thomasville – The High Point-Thomasville HiToms have announced the hiring of Mickey Willard as their 2020 head coach. Willard becomes the 83-year old HiToms franchise's first head coach born and raised in the High Point/Thomasville community as well as its first field manager developed via the Post 87 HiToms American Legion program.
A graduate of High Point University, Williard served as the volunteer assistant coach at Towson University from 2017-2019. Serving as the infield and baserunning coach for the Colonial Athletic Conference Tigers, Willard assisted with hitting while also overseeing the Tigers baseball camps and summer league placement.
Willard has experience coaching in the Coastal Plain League as well serving in 2017 as the hitting coach for the Holly Springs Salamanders. Under Willard's direction, the Salamanders ranked second in the league in both doubles (98) and home runs (58) as well as fielding percentage.
Becoming the first High Point/Thomasville, NC native to skipper the 83 year-old HiToms franchise, Willard spent three years from 2015 – '17 as the head coach of High Point's Westchester Country Day School. In his three seasons as head coach, Willard led the Wildcats to a No. 1 ranking and three, NCISSA state semifinal berths. In his final season, WCDS set a school record with 23 wins while developing six collegiate signees. Making an immediate impact in his first season, Willard's Wildcats set school records with a 1.66 team ERA and a .982 fielding percentage. All total, Willard's Westchester teams produced eight all-state selections, 17 all-conference award winners and eight collegiate signees.
"Mickey joins the HiToms with a strong pedigree of coaching experience," HiToms President Greg Suire said. "From his successful tenure at Westchester and Holly Springs to his time at Towson University, Mickey's mentors rave about his player relationship skills and baseball acumen. Moreover, Mickey's formative years as a player have strong HiTom roots and this lifelong relationship speaks volumes of his franchise connection and preparedness. It is an honor to have the head coach of our flagship affiliate emanate from our Post 87 HiTom developmental program."
Willard played collegiately at Pfeiffer University and Guilford College before finishing his degree in political science at High Point University.
"Having grown up in this community, it is an honor to be named head coach for the HiToms CPL franchise. I can't wait to get on the field with a talented group of guys this summer and bring a championship product to the High Point/Thomasville fanbase."