Baseball Coach Kent Koch announces retirement, Former Major Leaguer Corey Koskie Appointed His Replacement
The Providence Academy Athletics Department is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Corey Koskie to the position of Head Baseball Coach. Koskie replaces Kent Koch who served as Lions head coach for four seasons and as an assistant for three before that. Koch resign his duties due to his full time job. He recently received a promotion and will not have the same flexibility to carry on as Head Coach.
Koch shares, “It has been my pleasure serving the athletes at Providence Academy these last seven seasons. A special thanks to the administration for allowing me to be a part of the PA community. The program has come a long way and I am proud to have been able to be a part of the progress. I will miss working with the student-athletes. I have been fortunate enough to have great young men come through the program and also the support of parents has been amazing.”
Coach 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 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 round 26 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. Corey most recently has served as an assistant varsity coach for the Lions.
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.”
Please thank Kent Koch for his seven years of service to Providence Academy and welcome Corey Koskie to his new position with the Lions.