Coaching Staff

Coach Contact Information

Head Coach, Josh Koenig

Josh Koenig is excited about the baseball program at Rainy River Community College! The 2019 season marked another memorable season for the Voyageur Baseball team as they 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 11th 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.

Awards & Honors

  • 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