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Wayne State names Koch new baseball coach

Alex Koch is the new head  baseball coach at Wayne State College. Alex Koch is the new head baseball coach at Wayne State College.
 Wayne State College Director of Athletics Mike Powicki announced that Alex Koch has been named new head baseball coach at Wayne State College. He becomes the 14th head coach in the program’s 54-year history and replaces Brian Disch, who resigned in May after five seasons as head coach to take a teaching position at Norfolk High School.
Koch (pronounced Cook) has been associated with the Wildcat baseball program as a player and coach since 2006.  He served three seasons as an assistant coach with the Wildcats from 2010-12 and was a volunteer assistant with the program since after accepting the position as director of the Wayne Community Activity Center in February, 2012.

A graduate of Millard South High School, Koch was a standout player for Wayne State from 2006-09, earning First Team All-NSIC honors three seasons (2007, ’08 and ’09) and was a two-time ABCA/Rawlings All-Central Region selection (Second Team in 2008 and First Team in 2009).  Koch ranks second at Wayne State in career doubles (53), third in career RBI’s (181) and tied for sixth in career hits with 217.  He played on four NSIC regular season championship teams and four NCAA Tournament teams, including the 2009 team that reached the Central Region final.

Koch also has high school coaching experience, working with the Omaha Roncalli and Millard South Legion teams and most recently assisting the Wayne American Legion baseball program.

“We had a tremendous amount of interest in this position from many talented and qualified baseball coaches,” said Powicki.  “Through the process, Alex proved to be the best fit for taking the reins of the Wayne State baseball program.  He has a clear vision of where he wants the baseball program to go and how to get there.  Coach Koch is a baseball guy in the purest sense with an energy and it-factor about him that will be a catalyst in the team’s success.  I am excited to have him join our coaching staff and to work with him to continue to build the great tradition of Wildcat baseball.”

Wayne State College was 27-24 this season, finishing eighth in the Northern Sun Conference with an 18-15 league mark.  It was the 17th straight winning season for Wildcat baseball.
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