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Star Tribune story profiles ‘Coach Koz’

St. Olaf men's basketball coach Dan Kosmoski (center) talks to players during the team's January 25 game against Augsburg College.

St. Olaf men’s basketball coach Dan Kosmoski (center) talks to players during the team’s January 25 game against Augsburg College.

“I’ve been blessed to be here,” Dan Kosmoski tells the Star Tribune about the two decades he’s spent leading the St. Olaf College men’s basketball team.

Star Tribune sports columnist Patrick Reusse notes that this year, Kosmoski and his 20th collection of Oles are within reach of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s regular-season title.

Kosmoski, a high school basketball standout who went on to play with and coach the University of Minnesota Gophers, “has been around long enough and has been attached to enough important figures that ‘Koz’ is the only identification required with a Minnesota hoops crowd,” Reusse writes.

And while he spent nearly a decade coaching Division I basketball, Kosmoski has spent most of his career at St. Olaf.

“It’s a different mentality from Division I … a different realism as to what education is, what it’s supposed to be,” he tells the paper.

Read more about the men’s basketball team at St. Olaf Athletics.