Former MLB Pitcher Jack Taschner Named New Head Coach at Neenah

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SAN FRANCISCO – JUNE 23: Jack Taschner #37 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates his 8th inning strikeout against the New York Yankees at AT&T Park June 23, 2007 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Greg Trott/Getty Images)

Former MLB pitcher Jack Taschner will lead the Neenah High School varsity baseball team next spring.

Taschner, who played six seasons for four different major league teams, becomes the fifth head coach in Neenah history. He replaces Jim Piepenbrink, who retired after 11 seasons.

Taschner served as an assistant coach under Piepenbrink in 2016, 2016 and 2018. The Racine native starred collegiately at UW-Oshkosh, and was a second round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants in 1999. He played four seasons with the Giants, before pitching one season with the Philadelphia Phillies. In 2010, he pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Taschner compiled a 10-5 career major league record and appeared in 222 career games, striking out 160 batters in 189 innings pitched.

Taschner works as the school resource officer at Appleton East High School and was named the Appleton Police Department’s “Officer of the Year” this past year. He earned a “Top Cop” award from the Wisconsin Department of Justice last month. Taschner also gained notoriety for a video leading the student section at an Appleton East football game last fall.

 “Jack already has deep connections within our Neenah youth baseball program and his professional background in baseball and law enforcement brings instant credibility,” Murnane said. “He is a natural fit to lead our program.”

Taschner and his wife, Miriam, have four children, including a son Gradin, who will be a freshman at Neenah High School in the fall.

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