Ausmus was born in New Haven, Conn., and was a star shortstop and, later, catcher at Cheshire High School. He was also a standout basketball player at Cheshire before going on to Dartmouth College.
His high school basketball coach, Nick Carparelli, told the New Haven Register in August that he knew Ausmus would do big things in life long before the start of an 18-year Major League career.
"He was always the type of kid in control of things -- in control of the game, of a pitcher," Carparelli said. "I think he always knew he wanted to stay in the game [after he retired], whether on the administrative end or as an on-field manager."
Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.