After serving as a Mets pitching coach in the Mets farm system for the past seven seasons, Frank Viola announced he was not going to return to the Mets organization in 2019. While departing the Mets, Viola hoped he would be hired as a coach by another organization for the 2019 season,.
Yesterday, it was announced Viola was hired as the pitching coach for the High Point Rockers of the Atlantic League. Viola will be the first ever pitching coach in Rockers history.
Viola is looking forward to the opportunity saying, ““I am excited to become a part of the High Point Rockers team. Once I saw the stadium, met those involved, and saw the enthusiasm of the community, it became an easy choice. This opportunity gives me a chance to not only coach, but also learn the many other facets involved in building a winning team. I look forward to this next chapter in my coaching career!” (Greensboro Sports).
While Viola may be gone from the Mets organization, he has left a lasting impact. He did have a role in the development of pitchers like Jacob deGrom, and with his work in Binghamton this season, he did have an opportunity to teach the next wave of Mets pitchers which includes Justin Dunn.