MARQUETTE, Mich. – Bernie Anderson, the head football coach at Northern Michigan University, announces former Negaunee High School head football coach Dick Koski has joined the Wildcat coaching staff as a part-time assistant. He will coach the defensive line during the regular season from August until the end of the season and during spring practice.
“We are trying to do everything it takes to win at NMU. We needed a defensive line coach and Dick Koski was available,” said Anderson. “He’s a perfect fit for our needs with the team. His record speaks for itself and his philosophy matches mine. Koski will bring veteran coaching experience in football, but more importantly the people skills. We’re excited to add someone of his quality to our program.”
He coached the Miners for 32 seasons from 1968-99 where he went 207-96-1. After his retirement from coaching in 1999 he spent two years (1999-01) as the athletic director at Negaunee. Koski led Negaunee to four U.P. titles and a runner-up finish in the Class CC state playoffs in 1991 as the Miners lost to Battle Creek Pennfield 14-8, one of eight playoff appearances. His overall high school coaching record is 211-113-1 in 35 seasons. He has coached three undefeated teams during his career.
Koski was also a head coach at Ontonagon High School for three seasons (1964-66) before becoming an assistant coach at Escanaba High School for one academic year (1967-68). He also coached track for 20 years and garnered a U.P. title in 1985. Koski was an assistant coach with the Negaunee football team which won the Division 6 state title in 2002 with a 28-20 overtime victory over Hopkins.
“I am excited about this coaching opportunity. Bernie Anderson is an outstanding coach and has assembled a quality coaching staff,” said Koski. “It is an outstanding group to work with. I am looking forward to the new challenge.”
He earned 12 letters at Wakefield High School where he was all-state in football and basketball. Koski moved onto NMU where he lettered four times in football (1959-62). He was a captain of the 1962 NMU football team. Koski has two degrees from NMU, a bachelor’s in education (1964) and a master’s in physical education (1975). He also participated in track for the ‘Cats as he set the long and high jump records.
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