Yankees have another coaching vacancy with Reggie Willits’ departure

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There’s different spread to capable connected Aaron Boone’s coaching staff.

First basal manager and outfielder teacher Reggie Willits is leaving the Yankees to go a unpaid adjunct manager astatine the University of Oklahoma, his alma mater, the squad announced Thursday.

Willits becomes the latest departure from Boone’s staff aft the Yankees did not renew the contracts of 3rd basal manager Phil Nevin and hitting coaches Marcus Thames and P.J. Pilittere.

“I privation to convey Brian Cashman, Aaron Boone and the Steinbrenner household for the accidental to enactment for specified a world-class organization,” Willits said successful a statement. “I’ve cherished my clip with the Yankees and I’ve grown professionally and personally due to the fact that of the bonds that I’ve formed with truthful galore players, coaches and staff.

“It’s been a challenging idiosyncratic determination to make. I’m leaving a squad and enactment I’ve loved being a portion of, but I’m returning location to beryllium person to my household and to enactment for a programme I person heavy ties to and large respect for.”

Yankees Reggie WillitsYankees archetypal basal manager Reggie Willits is leaving the enactment to go a unpaid adjunct astatine University of Oklahoma, his alma mater.Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

The Yankees said Willits volition stay with the enactment until the extremity of December, erstwhile his declaration expires, earlier officially joining Oklahoma successful January.

The 40-year-old Willits, an Oklahoma native, has been with the Yankees since 2015 — archetypal arsenic a insignificant league outfield and baserunning coordinator earlier becoming the archetypal basal coach/outfield teacher successful 2018.

Boone, who earlier this week signed a caller three-year contract with a nine enactment for the 4th year, and GM Brian Cashman volition present beryllium looking for astatine slightest 4 caller coaches this offseason.