Josh hails from Burnsville, MN where he was an All-Conference performer for the Blaze. After high school he went on to start for four years at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Josh served a volunteer assistant for the Bulldogs and Head Coach Bob Rients in the fall of 2011. During the summer months from 2008-2012 Josh served as the hitting coach for the Burnsville Legion team which made State Tournament appearances in three of his five seasons, Including a third place finish in 2012. In 2013 he served as the head coach of the Burnsville Rattlers Junior Legion team and shifted in 2014 as the head coach for the Prior Lake Legion team. Josh has coached many players that have gone on to play college baseball at schools such as the University of Minnesota, University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, Minnesota State-Mankato, University of Nebraska Omaha, Wichita State University, Minnesota-Duluth, Nebraska, East Carolina, among other.
From 2012-2014 Josh was the Graduate Assistant with the Minnesota State University-Mankato Mavericks. Josh worked with the outfielders and hitters. His time with the Mavericks saw conference tournament championship in 2013, a regular season championship in 2014, and regional tournament championships in 2013 and 2014, capped off by finishing as national runner-ups in 2013 and third place in 2014. During his two seasons he saw one outfielder be named all-conference, one receive conference tournament all-tournament team honors, three receive all-region tournament team honors, and one be named to the all-world series team.
Josh would serve as the assistant coach/Recruiting Coordinator at Indian Hills Community College in Centerville, IA for the 2014-2015 season overseeing both the offense and defense. Currently, Josh lives in Savage, MN with his fiance Erin. He has spent the past three years as a Social Studies teacher at Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial High School working with students grades 8-12. Josh has served as an associate with PBR for the past three years working to help coordinate showcase events.
"I'm excited to have to opportunity to get back full time into baseball. Whether it’s teaching or coaching, getting to watch and help guide the kids into successful, well rounded people is the greatest reward you can have. I look forward to having the opportunity to help the players at Starters achieve their goals of being the best player that they can be physically and mentally. Then if their desire is to compete at the next level, then I hope to use the connections I have made in my years of coaching to help our guys find the schools that fit best for them as both a player and a person.
I’ve worked with hitters at Starters for the previous two years and I know that the expectations are high. Guys in the past and guys current on the staff have set the pace and I’ll add what I can to an already bright group of baseball minds with the goal being to maintain and expand on previous success.”
"Josh is truly the best baseball guy I have ever known." - Greg Nesbitt, Director of Baseball Operations
We are grateful to have Josh join the staff and are excited to see what thefuture holds!