Head Coach Bucky Burgau
Bucky Burgau is entering his 35th season as head coach of the Concordia baseball team. He is the all-time winningest coach in the history of Concordia athletics. Burgau has amassed 643 career wins as head coach for the Cobbers. He has also posted 392 wins in the MIAC, making him the winningest coach to ever coach in the conference.
Burgau's teams have recorded at least 15 wins in 30 of the 34 seasons they have played, and have posted 20 wins in 13 different seasons. Burgau's best season came in 1995 when the team went 30-8 and won the MIAC championship. In that season, the Cobbers advanced to the NCAA playoffs and finished second in the NCAA Midwest Regional.
Burgau is currently 12th on the list of wins by active NCAA Division III coaches. He is also 24th in overall wins by any coach in Division III. Burgau has earned the MIAC Coach of the Year honors on four occasions with the most recent coming in 2010.
During his first 34 years at the helm of the Cobbers he has coached six MIAC Most Valuable Player award winners, seven All-Americans, 34 All-Region players and 82 MIAC All-Conference honorees. Several of Burgau's former players have gone on to play professional baseball and was one of the influences on the professional career of former Cobbers, and three-time MIAC MVP, Chris Coste who won the World Series as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies and is currently playing for the New York Mets.
Burgau was elected to the Concordia Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 making him one of the few coaches to ever be inducted into the Hall of Fame while still being an active coach.
Burgau came to Concordia in 1977 as the Equipment Manager and Assistant Baseball Coach. He became Head Baseball Coach at Concordia in 1979. Since then, Cobber teams have been consistent contenders for the MIAC crown. The Cobbers won MIAC titles in 1985, 1993 and 1995 and have finished in the league's upper division in 19 of his 25 seasons at Concordia. His teams are 325-188 in MIAC competition. His Cobber coaching record through 2005 is 544-408-6.
Bucky grew up in Perham, Minnesota, where he learned to love the game. In 1966 his team won the state amateur title. After graduating from high school, Bucky played two years at Fergus Falls Community College before enrolling at NDSU. He played under NDSU coach Arlo Brunsberg, a Concordia graduate and member of the Cobber Athletic Hall of Fame.
Upon graduation, Bucky took his first coaching job with the Perham American Legion. In 1973, he became head coach of the Moorhead American Legion Blues, where he completed 27 years, compiling an 883-396 record. In 1988, his Legion team won the state title, the Central Plains Regional title, and finished fourth in the World Series Championship.
Bucky and his wife, Penny, live in Moorhead. They have two daughters; Jennifer and Rachel.