Baseball Coaches

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).

Marcus Wilson, Assistant Baseball Coach

After making his mark on the KC baseball field seven years ago, Marcus Wilson enters his fifth season as pitching coach for the Blue Devils. Wilson graduated from Arthur High School in 2005 where he played football, basketball, and baseball.

In 2005, he came to Kaskaskia to become a member of the pitching staff where he pitched for two seasons. During his freshman season, the Blue Devils finished 40-19 and were ranked 11th in the nation. As a sophomore, Wilson appeared in 15 games recording 9 saves and posted a .429 ERA in 21 innings of work. That season the Blue Devils finished with an overall record of 39-14. He graduated from Kaskaskia College in 2007 with an Associate in Arts Degree and as an Academic All-American. He graduated Cum Laude and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

In 2007, Wilson transferred to Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. In his first season with the Statesmen, he appeared in 16 games going 2-0 with a 2.89 ERA in 28 innings out of the bullpen. He helped the Statesmen finish with a record of 48-11 and claimed their 11th Gulf South Conference Championship in the program’s history. In that same season, Delta State was the #1 team in the nation and hosted the Regionals but fell one game shy of going to the College World Series. He was on the All-GSC Academic Honor Roll as well.

In his four years as pitching coach at Kaskaskia, Wilson has sent ten pitchers on to the four year level and two of those have been selected in the MLB draft. In addition to his coaching duties, he is the Testing Coordinator in the Student Success Center on the main campus. Wilson resides in Centralia.