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New York Yankees first base coach Reggie Willits is leaving the team to take a volunteer coaching job at Oklahoma.

The New York Yankees will not retain first base coach Reggie Willits, according to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic. Rather, he will accept a “volunteer assistant coach” position with his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma.

Willits had served as the Yankees’ first base coach since joining manager Aaron Boone’s staff in 2018. Hitting coach Marcus Thames and third base coach Phil Nevin were also let go last week, as was assistant PJ Pilittere.

Now, the front office will have to fill four coaching vacancies as it deals with Reggie Willits and his somewhat unexpected departure. Stay tuned to ESNY for more updates!


Josh Benjamin has been a staff writer at ESNY since 2018. He has had opinions about everything, especially the Yankees and Knicks. He co-hosts the “Bleacher Creatures” podcast and is always looking for new pieces of sports history to uncover, usually with a Yankee Tavern chicken parm sub in hand.