Coach Contact Information
- Josh Koenig
- O: 218-285-2241 | C: 651-491-2805
Head Coach, Josh Koenig
Josh Koenig is excited about the baseball program at Rainy River Community College! The 2020 season ended after just 8 games due to COVID. In 2019, the Voyageur Baseball team battled to defend the 2018 MCAC Northern Division Championship! The team started out strong and remained competitive during the season, but were unable to bring runners in late in the season and came up just short of qualifying for the NJCAA Region XIII tournament. The teams’ continual improvement has helped them gain recognition as one of the top programs in the MCAC Northern Division, the State of Minnesota, and in Region XIII.
The record for Voyageur Baseball in 2019 was 15-20 overall placing them 3rd in the Northern Division of the MCAC with a conference record of 9-7. In 2018, Rainy River earned their 1st MCAC Northern Division Championship! The program has qualified for the NJCAA Region XIII tournament 4 times in past 6 years!
The success and growth of the program continues as the Voyageurs were very successful both in and out of the classroom! The following honors and awards were named during the 2019 season:
2019 MCAC Pitchers of the Week – Phil Hindes and Erik Sigurdson
2019 MCAC Players of the Week – Brandon Holbert, Alfonso Pesqueira (2X), Vincent Rifici, George Pimentel, and John Hudson
2019 MCAC All-Northern Division: 1st Team – Brandon Holbert and Phil Hindes
MCAC All-State: 1st Team – Brandon Holbert
MCAC All-Academic team – Elijah Hart, Will Bess, Jose Del Valle, Jesus Carmona, Taylor Shaw, Kenneth Markel, and Erik Sigurdson
Coach Koenig is entering his 12th year as Head Coach of the Voyageurs. In 2018, he was named the MCAC Northern Division: Coach of the Year for the 2nd time in his career! (2013, 2018) 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 program record 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, Junior Legion, Senior Legion, various high schools, Minnesota Amateur baseball, and NCAA D1 college as a graduate assistant at the University of Minnesota highlighted by a 2002 Big Ten Championship. Koenig has also been very involved as an official for 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 as was again selected to work behind the plate for the Central Region Finals. He was selected to umpire in 2014 at the Senior League Central Region Tournament in Peru, IL where he was again selected to work the plate for the championship game. In 2016, he was honored and selected to work the Junior League World Series in Taylor, MI and worked in the World Series Championship game! In 2019, Koenig worked the 50/70 Intermediate Central Region tournament in Kalamazoo, MI, and was again selected to work the 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.
Coached many MCAC Conference Players/Pitcher of the Week
Coached 46 MCAC All-Academic players
Coached 2 MCAC Elite Team players
Coached 14 MCAC All-State players
Coached 26 MCAC All-Northern Division players
Coached 6 NJCAA National Players of the Week
Coached 5 NJCAA Region XIII All-Region players
Coached 1 NJCAA Region XIII Player of the Year
Coached 1 Rawlings Gold Glove Award player
Named MCAC Northern Division – Coach of the Year (2013 and 2018)
Assistant Coach, Matt Buller
Matt Buller is entering his second year as an assistant coach at Rainy River Community College. Coach Buller is originally from Mountain Lake, MN. While in high school, he was the starting catcher on both his high school and legion teams. In 1993, he and his team place 3rd in the Minnesota State Tournament and 2nd in the American Legion State Tournament. Matt was also named to the Red Rock All-Conference team.
After high school, Matt went on to play baseball at the College of Saint Scholastica for the late Legendary Head Coach John Baggs. Coach Buller was a catcher in the program from 1994-1996.
Coach Buller has been involved in coaching youth sports in International Falls, specifically Little League baseball. Through his experiences as a college player and in coaching, Coach Buller brings an expertise that is founded on solid fundamentals.
Matt works for the city of International Falls in the Maintenance Department. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and attending his children's events. Coach Buller currently resides in International Falls, MN and has 3 children - Mason, Maddie, and Mara.
Assistant Coach, Riley Acra
Riley Acra is entering his third year as an assistant coach at Rainy River Community College. Coach Acra, a native of Shawano, WI, was a player for the Voyageur Baseball program from 2011-2013. As a freshman, Riley was named Player of the Week where he batted .524 (11 for 21), scored 9 runs, and had 12 RBI with 8 singles, 2 doubles, and a home run. He was also named to the 2012 MCAC All-Division team. His sophomore season, he again earned Player of the Week honors and was also named to the 2013 MCAC All-Division and 2013 MCAC All-State teams. Defensively, Acra is one of the best infielders in program history with an overall career fielding percentage of 97%! He and his team mates helped to pave the way for the future successes of the Voyageur baseball program!
Coach Acra then moved on for school and baseball at Graceland University (NAIA) in Lamonie, IA. He played for one year before moving back home to be near family and started working for the city of Shawano. Coach Acra continues to be involved with baseball as both a player and a coach. He was an assistant baseball coach at Shawano High School and currently plays Wisconsin State Amateur baseball for the Shawano Lobos.
In his spare time, he enjoys golfing and watching sports. Coach Acra is a die-hard Packers, Badgers, and Brewers fan. He is looking forward to continuing his work with the Voyageur Baseball program as a coach and helping to continue the winning traditions that he helped establish as a player.