Josh Koenig is excited about the baseball program at Rainy River Community College! The 2016 season marked the best year for Voyageur Baseball as they won the most games in program history with 27! The teams’ continual improvement has helped them gain recognition as a competitive program in the MCAC.
The overall record for Voyageur Baseball in 2016 was 27-20 overall placing them 2nd in the Northern Division of the MCAC with a conference record of 7-3. Rainy River defeated Vermilion in the MCAC playoff mini-series and qualified for the NJCAA Region XIII tournament for the 2nd time in 3 years. At the NJCAA Region XIII tournament, the Voyageurs knocked off Riverland CC (#9 in Nation) and St. Cloud Tech (#6 in Nation) before losing a close game to Century College (#1 in Nation) and St. Cloud Tech. Rainy River finished 2nd in the State and 3rd in Region XIII!
The success and the growth of the program continues! Jaymon Cervantes (So. RHP, Tucson, AZ) and Andrew Black (Fr. SS, Tucson, AZ) who were both named to the MCAC All-Division team. Black was also named to the NJCAA Region XIII: All-Region Team. The Voyageurs also shined academically with 7 players (Will Aesoph, Kris Barber, Lloyd Bernatz, Jerry Hernandez, J.D. Knutson, Ben Minter and Kijana Upshaw) named to the All-Academic team!
Coach Koenig is entering his 8th year as Head Coach of the Voyageurs. In 2013, he was named the MCAC Northern Division Coach of the Year! Coach Koenig works at Falls High School where he currently teaches physical education, health, and adaptive physical education. Previously, he was the athletic director and coached basketball and baseball. In baseball, Koenig was an assistant coach working with pitchers and catchers in 2008 and 2009. While a part of this program, they won the Arrowhead Conference Championship in 2008 and had a team ERA of 2.97 and a team ERA of 2.38 in 2009.
In baseball, he has been involved at various levels to include Little League, VFW, various high schools, amateur baseball and college as a graduate assistant at the University of Minnesota highlighted by a 2002 Big Ten Championship. Koenig is also very involved as an official for basketball and baseball. In 2009, he umpired the Little League Central Region Tournament in Indianapolis, IN and was selected to work behind the plate for the Great Lakes Region Finals which was televised on ESPN. He umpired in 2011 at the Junior League Central Region Tournament in Ft. Wayne, IN and was again selected to work behind the plate for the Central Region Finals. He was selected to umpire in August at the 2014 Senior League Central Region Tournament in Peru, IL where he was selected to work the plate for the championship game. This past year he was honored and selected to work the Junior League World Series in Taylor, MI and worked in the World Series Championship game!
Coach Koenig enjoys spending time with his family as well as boating, hunting, fishing, and golf. He and his wife Shelly reside in International Falls with their children Garrett, Bryant, and Alyana.
Phil Talmage is entering his third year as an assistant coach at Rainy River Community College. Coach Talmage, a native of White Bear Lake, MN, has been involved in baseball in the International Falls community since 2006. He has coached at a variety of levels. Through his many years of experience playing and coaching, Coach Talmage brings an expertise that is founded on solid fundamentals and an eye for the game. Coach Talmage primarily works with pitchers and catchers.
Coach Talmage works for the Minnesota DNR, as an Area Fisheries Supervisor, in Baudette, MN. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, hunting, and all outdoor activities; especially those he can enjoy with his family and friends. He's a die-hard Minnesota Gophers, Twins, and Wild fan. He also enjoys watching and coaching his children in their youth sports.
Coach Talmage and his family reside in International Falls, MN.
Bill Sohlman is entering his sixth year as an assistant coach at Rainy River Community College. Coach Sohlman, a native of International Falls, has been involved in baseball in the community since 1991. He has coached at a variety of levels from Little League through VFW. Through his many experiences in coaching, Coach Sohlman brings an expertise that is founded on solid fundamentals.
Coach Sohlman enjoys working out, walking, loves dogs, The Rolling Stones, and is a passionate Pittsburgh Steelers fan! He and his wife Susie reside in International Falls and have two children Travis and Chad. Their son Chad was a pitcher at Rainy River Community College from 2009-2011.