Concordia head baseball coach Bucky Burgau said he had a conversation with former player Chris Coste about a year ago and Burgau asked Coste about his future goals.
Coste pointed at Burgau and said: “I want your job.”
“He didn’t mean it in a bad way; when I’m done,” Burgau said.
Coste has taken the first step in that direction as he’s been hired as associate head baseball coach for the Cobbers. Coste is returning to the college program where he had great success as a player. He was a three-time All-American for the Cobbers from 1993-95.
Burgau thinks Coste will make a good coach. Burgau can see Coste being the Cobbers head coach one day.
“When he played for me, he was kind of like a coach on the field,” Burgau said. “He was very good. He was a student of the game that way.”
Coste, who won a World Series championship with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008, said he felt his time at Concordia helped put him on a path to the Major Leagues. Coste played one year at a junior college before joining the Cobbers.
“That was one of my big steps to the big leagues,” said Coste, who told The Forum Monday he was retiring from professional baseball. “Once I got to Concordia, at that point, the dream kind of resuscitated again.”
Coste said his plan was to always get into coaching after his professional playing career was over. Coste started his pro career in 1995, playing for two independent league teams. He played with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks from 1996-99, a stint that helped him break into organized baseball.
Coste played in the big leagues from 2006-09 with the Phillies and Houston Astros.
“We’ll see how much my experience turns me into a good coach,” Coste said. “Seeing if I can make players better is one of my big curiosities.”