Mayo tapped to take over Wasilla Post 35 program

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Apr 7, 2015

Mat-Su Valley coaching staple Jamie Mayo today has been named manager of the Wasilla Post 35 baseball program for the 2015 season by Alaska American Legion Baseball Department Chair Russ Baker. 

His high school age coaching resume in baseball and football is extensive.

Mayo served as one of the founding coaches for the Colony High baseball program along with Bill and Delores Forrester and Doug Bean in 1995. He was the head coach from 1995 to 2010 and an assistant from 2011 to 2013.

During that time Colony claimed the conference championship eight times from 2000 to 2013. 

In addition, Mayo served on the Colony football staff from 1995 to 2010. Five of those years were as head coach. Colony made the playoffs every year during Mayo's tenure.

Three times he was named the Assistant Coach of the Year in the state and conference. He was also named conference and Alaska Coach of the Year.

Mayo also coached football as a defensive coordinator at Chugiak High from 2011 to 2013.

At Wasilla Post 35, Mayo replaced Boone Thompson.

After a stellar high school sports career at Service High in the late 1970's, Mayo played college football and baseball at Linfield College in Oregon. He also played in the Alaska Baseball League with the Mat Su Miners and Anchorage Bucs.

Three of Mayo's grown sons played baseball for Post 35 in past years.

Baker indicated that Mayo's credentials and reputation were just what the Legion program was looking for in the leadership of Post 35. Mayo will assemble a complete coaching staff to assist with the AA [Varsity] and A [JV] teams. 

“Jamie Mayo identifies with the core values of American Legion baseball of Americanism, sportsmanship and team development,” Baker said. “I am confident that he and his team will represent themselves and American Legion Baseball very well on and off the field.”

All Alaska Legion Post manager position appointments are for one year, and the Post manager selects their own coaching staff. 

Baker said people in those positions should represent the core values of American Legion organization and of American Legion Baseball. 

“Yes there are issues of throwing strikes and hitting the ball, but most importantly managers are asked to teach the young baseball players lessons about Americanism, sportsmanship, winning with class and losing with grace,” Baker said.

At many Legion games that have PA announcers, the Legion Code of Sportsmanship is recited by players and coaches to remind them that they not only represent themselves, but their Post, their team and the American Legion patch on their uniform. 

American Legion Baseball is the largest high school age baseball program in the United States with thousands of college and MLB players having participated. 

In Anchorage, Legion Baseball has operated the Anchorage School District’s Cook Inlet Conference for 23 years in an agreement with ASD.