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Dan Kosmoski Men's Basketball Coach - St. Olaf College Athletics

Coach Kosmoski is in his 25th season as the head men’s basketball coach at St. Olaf in 2018-19.

Since taking over the program prior to the 1994-95 season, Kosmoski has amassed a career record of 308-304 (.503), making him the winningest coach in program history in terms of victories. Kosmoski has led the Oles to the NCAA Tournament in four of the last five seasons, including the program’s first-ever berth in the national tournament in 2013-14.

Over the last five seasons, Kosmoski’s teams have finished in the top two in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) standings four times. The Oles have reached the semifinals of the MIAC Playoffs four of the last five seasons, including winning MIAC Playoff titles in 2013-14 and 2015-16.

 Kosmoski was named the 2014 MIAC Coach of the Year and the 2014 West Region Coach of the Year.

Prior to coming to St. Olaf, Kosmoski was an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota for nine seasons (1985-86 - 1993-94) under Jim Dutcher, Jimmy Williams and Clem Haskins. While with the Gophers, Kosmoski was on the coaching staff of teams that made the Sweet 16 (1988-89) and Elite 8 (1989-90), helping turn around a program that lost 19 Big Ten games in a row. In 1993-94, Minnesota won the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).

Before working at the University of Minnesota, Kosmoski spent five seasons as an assistant at Golden Valley Lutheran Junior College (1978-79, 1980-84), including two years under Flip Saunders. In his five seasons on staff, the program went 116-30 and, in 1981, was the state and regional champions and participated in the national tournament.

In his playing days, Kosmoski was a standout student-athlete at Owatonna High School, earning all-state honors in football, basketball and track & field, and was inducted into the Owatonna High School Hall of Fame in 1998. He went on to play at the University of Minnesota, where he played alongside lottery picks Mychal Thompson, Kevin McHale and Flip Saunders and was on the 1976-77 team that finished 24-3.

Kosmoski has directed basketball camps for 35 years, connecting with over 30,000 youth, leading Clem Haskins’ camps for 14 years and his own Coach Koz Fundamental Basketball Camp since 1999-2000. He has also been part of four tours through Athletes in Action, traveling to Spain in 2003, Vilnius, Lithuania in 2009 and Wukulf, Poland in 2012 and 2014. 

Kosmoski Reflects on Life in Basketball (WCCO/CBS - Feb. 22, 2015)