Northern Sun Coach Survey – Kyle Poock

Winona State

This is my 7th entry in my series of questionnaire responses I received from coaches in the Northern Sun Conference.

Kyle Poock is entering his 7th season as head coach for the Winona State Warriors, where he also served as assistant coach for 9 seasons prior to that.  He has guided the Warriors to 5 straight winning seasons as well as 5 consecutive appearances in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) postseason tournament.  He was named the Northern Sun Coach of the Year for his efforts in 2004 and helped lead Winona State to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2007.  He will try to make it 6 straight winning seasons in 2009 as his squad is picked to finish 4th in the NSIC preseason coaches poll.  His team kicks off their season this weekend by traveling to Warrensburg, MO for games against #26 ranked Nebraska – Omaha and #18 ranked Central Missouri.  Kyle Poock Bio

1. In what area(s) are you looking for your team to make the biggest improvement over 2008?

We do not usually look to improve on last year’s team.  Our focus is to become the best team possible this year determined by the talent and strengths of this year’s squad. 

2. What newcomers to your team look like they will make the biggest impact?

We have several red-shirt freshman pitchers, John Wenker and Kodey Simon, who we expect to pick up significant innings for us.  Also two true freshman, Zack Rickaway and Tony Mueller,  should get playing time as well.

3. What’s your philosophy regarding recruiting out of high school vs. college transfers?

At WSU we like the high school athlete as someone we can work with throughout their college career both athletically and academically. 

4. What Northern Sun team do you consider to be your schools biggest rival?

Wayne State and Coach John Manganaro.

5. Who has been the biggest influence on your coaching philosophy and/or career?

My biggest influence on my coaching career has been my Dad followed closely by Legendary Coach Gary Grob who I was fortunate to play for and replace as the coach here at WSU.

The Northern Sun Baseball Blog would like to thank Kyle Poock for taking time out of his schedule to answer these questions.

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