Hall of Fame Inductee - John Koscielski
Coaches have a way of touching the lives of their players and fans. It
would be safe to say that John Koscielski did just that. In his youth
Koscielski was a two time all-state basketball player for LaSalle High
School. He came to Quincy on a basketball scholarship from Quincy
University. After two years Koscielski left school to serve his country.
He returned from the service, completed his education at Culver
Stockton College and later earned his Masters Degree from Northeast
Missouri State University. Koscielski began teaching and coaching at
Quincy Junior High School. Koscielski enjoyed sports and those around
it. When he wasn't coaching most nights Koscielski could be found
wearing the official's stripes. He was well known in the area as an
official for volleyball, football and basketball. In 1977 John
Koscielski became the head coach for the Quincy High Blue Devil girls
softball program. His first team went 25-2 and captured third place in
the state. The 1978 version of the Lady Devils captured the State Title.
During his career Koscielski's teams would win over 200 games, a mark
that would put him among the elite of high school softball coaches. And
while that was nice, it wasn't the most important thing to John
Koscielski. His philosophy was to try to do right for all of the kids
and not just some. Koscielski lived by that. When someone hits a home
run it's often said that, "he touches them all." John Koscielski did
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