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Corey Koskie
Head Baseball Coach

zCoach Koskie grew up on a farm just east of Winnipeg in Anola, Manitoba, Canada where his primary sports were hockey and volleyball. He played junior hockey for the Selkirk Steelers and was recruited to play college hockey at Minnesota-Duluth but chose instead to play volleyball for at the University of Manitoba. After 2 years Koskie left the Manitoba Bison to play college baseball at Des Moines Area Community College in Boone, Iowa

Corey was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 26th round of the 1990 amateur draft, and made his Major League debut on September 9, 1998. He established himself in 1999 by hitting .310 and knocking in 58 runs. In 2000, he batted .300 with a .400 on-base percentage and in 2001 he hit 26 home runs, had 103 RBI, and scored 100 runs. Koskie subsequently played 15 years of professional baseball.

After retiring from baseball Corey began to coach both hockey and baseball and he has over 75 teams in teams to date; most of which have been in Wayzata Hockey and Baseball Associations

When asked, why do coach? Corey shared, “Priority one, develop the person; priority two develop the athlete; priority three, develop the baseball player.

When asked, why do you want to coach at Providence Academy? Corey stated, “Baseball is like life. One day you are 0-4 with 3 strikeouts and you feel like a failure. The beauty of baseball is every day you wake up being 0-0. You have the chance to define your day. If you dwell on past, the game will eat you up. Focus on getting a little bit better every day. You can never lose with this mindset. You either win or learn. I want to help the teams understand this concept.








 


David Brown
Assistant Varsity Coach


Dave is a product of Champlin Park High School and California Lutheran University where he received a BA in Communications

Coach Brown was named new Rogers boys head hockey coach on April 8. Before that he was an assistant coach at Wayzata High School and the head coach of the Champlin Park Bantam AA team. Brown is also a baseball guy having played baseball for 13 years.

When asked, why do you coach? Dave shared, “To help kids grow mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually through sports.”



Mike Giebenhain
Assistant Baseball Coach

aMike is a product of Robbinsdale High School and the University of Minnesota where he earned his B.S. Education.

Mike has served as a assistant baseball coach as well as a JV Hockey Coach for Providence Academy since 2009 and also coached in the Wayzata Youth Hockey organization for nine years.

When asked, what in your past best prepares you for this role? Mike responded, “I want to coach to develop positive attitudes. I look forward to helping these young men achieve their goals, My years of participation and coaching have given me the desire to instill sportsmanship and a genuine love of the game. I feel these qualities provide a young player with the tools he needs for a successful future.”







 

 



 


Herb Koch, Jr.
Head JV Baseball Coach

Herb Jr. is a product of Delano High School where he played high school baseball for four years. Herb Jr. also has played for the Loretto Larks for 18 seasons.

Herb Jr. also serves as Providence Academy Head Senior Legion Coach

When asked, what in your past best prepares you for this role? Herb Jr. responded, “I have grown up watching and playing baseball and I enjoy passing on my knowledge of the game to the athletes.”


Casey Platisha
C Squad Baseball Coach


1Casey attended the Academy of Holy Angels, matriculated to Iowa Western Community College and ultimately to Concordia University- St. Paul where he earned his Sport Management degree

During his prep years Casey played at the Academy of Holy Angels and then went on to IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. Casey played in their Florida summer league as a junior in high school and also spent a year on the post graduate baseball team at IMG.

Following IMC Casey pitched at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Casey began his coaching career in the summer of 2010 where he was the Jr Legion coach at Mound-Westonka. The following spring, he coached the Mound-Westonka freshman team. Casey then coached the Eden Prairie Jr. Legion for four season while coaching the High School JV team at Holy Family until 2016. Casey even had a coaching experience as a graduate assistant and video coordinator for the Ohio University baseball team in Athens, OH. Casey joined the Eden Prairie varsity team in the spring of 2017 as a volunteer assistant and experienced winning a Class 4A State championship.

When asked, why he wants to coach at Providence Academy? Casey shares, “I believe that we should focus on developing faith based leadership in student-athletes that will prepare them to succeed well after their playing days are over. I have noticed over the last few years that Providence, both as  a school and in athletics is building something special, and I want to be a part of it. The thing I'm looking forward to the most in my first season at Providence is building positive relationships with my players and the coaching staff that will last a lifetime.”

When asked, what in your past best prepares you for this role? Casey responded, “All of the terrific coaches and their different leadership styles I have worked under over the last eight years have given me a great perspective which I take with me to Providence.”

 


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