Walt Weiss is making the rare jump from the high school dugout to the big leagues.
The Colorado Rockies hired the former major league shortstop Wednesday night to replace manager Jim Tracy, who resigned Oct. 7 with one year and $1.4 million left on his contract rather than return to a club where its assistant general manager had moved into an office in the clubhouse.
The 1988 American League Rookie of the Year with Oakland, Weiss played shortstop for the Rockies from 1994 to '97 and was a special assistant to general manager Dan O'Dowd from 2002 to '08.
He left to spend more time with his family, and last season coached Regis Jesuit High School outside Denver, in Aurora, to a 20-6 record and the 5A semifinals of the state championship. Weiss' son, Brody, is in his senior year at the school.
"It has moved fast, and it's a great opportunity," Weiss told The Denver Post. "It's who I am, having lived in this city and played for this organization. It's been part of my identity the last 20 years. I am not motivated by the terms of contract. I am just focused on the job."
A team spokesman said Weiss would be introduced at a news conference Friday at Coors Field.