Former Dodger Billy Ashley has been selected to be the head baseball coach for a local high school here in Southern California. Westlake High in Westlake Village, CA is a small affluent community on the border of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. I resided in Westlake Village for a couple of years in fact. Westlake High was a rival of my high school (Moorpark High).
Ashley will be replacing coach Zach Miller who was fired from the head coach job last week after five years with the Westlake Warriors.
Monday night the parents of Westlake High had the opportunity to meet the new head baseball coach along with a some former major league baseball players who were in attendance as well. Westlake High alum Mike Leiberthal, Eric Karros, and Todd Zeile were on hand to help introduce Ashley.
Billy had previously worked as the junior varsity softball coach for Westlake High School. He also was a coach for the St. George Pioneerzz, a minor league team within the independent Western Baseball League.
The left fielder’s seven season MLB career included six seasons with the Dodgers from 1992-1997 and one season with Boston in 1998. His career .233 batting average with 28 homeruns and just 84 RBI over his 281 games was forgettable to say the least. Once a highly touted prospect, Ashley played his last major league game at just 28 years old.