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Troy Percival, Anaheim Angels

Former Major League baseball star Troy Percival is coming home.

He was officially hired as head baseball coach at his alma mater, Moreno Valley (Calif.), Tuesday night during a meeting of the Moreno Valley Unified School District School Board, according to Ray Burns, who is Dean of Students and in charge of athletic facilities.

Burns, who coached Percival in football and wrestling, told MaxPreps, "I'm exuberant. I hope it (the program) grows. He's definitely got the name. Several kids came up to me at lunch (and thanked him). I think it's going to be a great thing for our district and school."

So, Percival starts a new chapter in his life, having just returned from his honeymoon earlier in the day, Burns said.

Percival had a brilliant professional career, mainly with the California/Anaheim Angels. He pitched in 703 games during a 14-year career, mostly as a relief specialist. He compiled a 35-43 record with a 3.17 earned run average, 781 strikeouts and an outstanding 358 saves (No. 8 all-time). He made the American League All-Star team four times and played for the World Series champion Angels in 2002.

A converted catcher, he threw as high as 100 miles per hour early in his professional year.

The 43-year-old Percival previously has served as pitching coach at Riverside Poly (Riverside, Calif.).

Percival has some work to do because Moreno Valley had a 3-21 record last spring and its best record in recent years was 6-19 in 2006.