Alex Koch is in his sixth season (2020) as Head Baseball Coach at Wayne State College. He was introduced as the 14th head coach in the program's 55-year history on July 3, 2014. In five years as leader of the Wildcat program, Koch has records of 124-120 overall (.508) and 98-73 (.573) in Northern Sun Conference play.
The 2019 season saw the Wildcats make an 11-win improvement, finishing 32-18 overall and 23-12 (5th place) in the Northern Sun Conference. WSC improved dramatically on the mound, recording a 3 run improvement in ERA from 2018 to 2019 (7.22 to 4.17). The Cats had a 10 game win streak in late March and won 18 of 20 games from March 22nd to April 14th. WSC ended the season with six players receiving All NSIC honors and three earning All Region recognition.
In 2018 the Wildcats finished 21-26 overall and seventh place in the NSIC with an 18-16 league mark.
Koch led the Wildcats to a 29-24 overall record and a fourth place finish in the NSIC with a 23-15 league mark in 2017. The Wildcats were 14-6 in games decided by two runs or less and made a dramatic improvement in pitching from the previous season as the team's ERA went from 8.22 to 4.97 in the 2017 season. WSC tied for first in the league with 14 team saves and the Wildcat pitching staff allowed just 20 home runs all season to tie for second in the league.
Under Koch in 2016, Wildcats were 15-28 on the season and ninth in the NSIC with a 12-16 league record. WSC suffered numerous close losses, going 1-8 in one run games and 2-3 in two run decisions. Offensively, WSC ranked fourth in the NSIC with a .331 batting average - the team's highest batting average since the 2009 season - and was also fourth in slugging percentage (.519) and on-base percentage (.411).
In his first season as leader of the Wildcats, Koch led Wayne State to a 27-24 overall record and a 22-14 mark (fifth place) in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. It was the 18th straight winning season for Wayne State College baseball.
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 Wayne State from 2010-12 and was a volunteer assistant with the program from 2012-14 after he accepted 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 NCAA Central Regional final.
Koch also has high school coaching experience, working with the Omaha Roncalli and Millard South American Legion teams and most recently assisting with the Wayne American Legion baseball program.
Besides serving as head baseball coach at Wayne State College, Koch is also in charge of grounds and field maintenance for all Wildcat athletic facilities.
Alex is married to former Wayne State softball player Kiley Peterson and the couple reside in Wayne with their sons Kash and Knox and newborn daughter Kollins.