BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Rick Goeb today announced the hiring of Ronald Koski as the new head softball coach.
Koski becomes the 15th coach in BSU softball history. He is taking over for former head coach Shane Veenker who accepted a position as a full-time assistant women’s hockey coach.
Koski is a retired teacher who has a long history with coaching softball teams. His last head coaching job was for the Laporte High School softball team in Laporte, Minn. (2003-07). He was the varsity head coach for two years and coached at the junior high level for the other three years.
Before his stay in Laporte he was a softball coach for 17 years (1986-2002) in Little Falls, Minn. He spent 15 years as the head freshman coach and also served as an assistant varsity coach at Little Falls High School. He also spent 12 years coaching a 16-and-under summer league team in Little Falls.
“I’ve coached at the sixth-grade level, I’ve coached at the high school level and all the way in between,” Koski said. “The one common thing is you have to remember that softball is a game, and games are supposed to be fun. If you’re not having fun and the kids aren’t having fun, than it’s not right. I’ve learned over the years how to make the game fun, and I hope we can all have fun together.”
This will be Koski’s first time coaching at the collegiate level, but he said that he will have no problem making the transition.
“Once I get to know the girls, than the on-field part of it won’t be any different,” he said. “It’s a higher level, but it’s still softball. I am going to have to learn what the kids can do and learn from there.
“The important thing is to treat the players with respect. If you do that then they will respect you and everyone will be able to have fun. This game is supposed to be fun, and the kids learn about a lot more than softball if you do it right. The kids learn about what it’s like to be a team member and what it’s like to work hard. Sometimes that’s more important than the scores.”
Koski is stepping into the head coaching role of a team that went 10-28 a year ago, which was a year removed from the 16-22 record posted by the 2006 squad.
Koski also served as an industrial arts teacher from 2003-04 at Laporte High School. He spent 20 years from 1982-2002 in Little Falls working as an autobody teacher at the high school. He graduated with a vocational education degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1982.