Mitch Koester, Head Baseball Coach
Coach Mitch Koester enters his 6th season as head coach of the Blue Devils and 9th year with the program. In Koester’s first year as head coach at KC he led the Blue Devils to their first GRAC Championship in 21 years. That same team was an Academic All-American Team and also had 5 players receive Academic All-American honors. Koester saw 10 of his players sign with 4 year schools, 6 at the Division 1 level in 2009. In 2013, the Blue Devils won the Region 24 tournament for the first time in over 20 years. They went on to win the Northern District Tournament and qualified for the JUCO World Series for the first time in school history. The 2013 team finished the year 39-12 and ranked 9th in the country, the highest ranking in school history. Koester was named GRAC Coach of the Year in 2009 and Region 24 Coach of the Year in 2013. Since his arrival at KC, 11 of his current or former players have signed professional contracts and over 60 have signed with 4 year schools from the PAC 12, SEC, OVC, MVC, MAC and A-Sun.
A Teutopolis, Illinois native, Koester is a 2005 graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and has also holds a master’s degree in Education from McKendree University.
While at Purdue he was a three-year starter at shortstop for the Boilermakers. In 2004, he served as one of two team captains. That same year he was selected to the All-Big Ten second team as a shortstop and was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player. As a junior, he was rated best defensive short stop in the Big Ten Conference by Baseball America.
Koester and his wife, Megan, reside in Aviston, Illinois and are the proud parents of two children: Grace (4) and Charlie (1).