The Homestead High School Athletic Department is pleased to announce that Mr. Jason Kosanke has been named our new head baseball coach, beginning in the 2018-19 season.
Kosanke comes to Homestead High School in the Mequon-Thiensville School District as an established and experienced coach, holding coaching and leadership positions at the high school and collegiate level at Slinger High School, University School of Milwaukee, Carroll University, and Waukesha South High School.
Highlights of his baseball coaching experience include a Classic 8 Conference championship, three Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Regional championships, a WIAA Sectional Championship, and an appearance at the WIAA State Tournament. He instructed five first-team All-State players, one All-American (Athlon & Perfect Game USA) and Wisconsin Player of the Year. Two former players were selected by Major League Baseball organizations.
At Carroll University, Kosanke administered all day-to-day operations of an NCAA Division III baseball program in addition to establishing University-sponsored youth baseball camps. He also helped develop a Midwest Conference batting champion, and their team placed the first player from Carroll in over a decade on the ABCA/Rawlings All-Midwest Region Team.
In 2004, Kosanke was named “State Coach of the Year” by the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association (WBCA). He was also selected to coach the East team at WBCA All-Star Classic in 2005.
As a player, Kosanke earned a baseball scholarship to Evangel University in Springfield, Mo., where he was a team captain and a two-time All-Conference selection.
Kosanke currently works as a math teacher in the Germantown School District.
"Coach Kosanke is eager to introduce himself to the players and their families at HHS and to the youth programs within our community,” said Athletic Director Erich Hinterstocker. “As a teacher and coach, he has mentored young men at the youth, high school, and college level to help develop them as students, baseball players, and positive role models within the community. Coach Kosanke is excited to get to work on building upon the great tradition that Ernie Millard and so many others have helped build here at Homestead High School.”
Kosanke replaces longtime Coach Ernie Millard, who served as Homestead’s head coach for the last 26 years. Coach Millard amassed a 539-310 record from 1993-2018 while leading the Highlanders to 6 WIAA Sectional Championships and 3 WIAA State Championship games earning State Runner’s Up in 2003 and 2004 and claiming the WIAA State Championship Title in 1994.
“I am extremely honored and blessed to be named the next Head Baseball Coach at Homestead High School,” said Kosanke. “I look forward to building upon the strong tradition that is Highlander baseball. Everything our players, assistant coaches, and I set out to do will be accomplished in a manner that represents Homestead High School and the baseball program with the highest level of dignity and respect.”