Former Gael player has taught at the school and coached in the program since 2008
Mount St. Joseph has announced the hiring of Phil Kraska, a 2004 graduate of the school, as its new head baseball coach, replacing Rod Cameron who stepped down after one season.
Kraska was a member of St. Joe’s 2004 MIAA A Conference championship team before going on to play at Stevenson University, were he earned all-conference honors and played in the NCAA Division 3 Regional World Series. He has also been a teacher at St. Joe since 2008 and has been coaching in that program since that time. He has had two stints as a varsity assistant – 2008-2013 and 2016-2018 – and served as the JV head coach 2013-2016, winning a JV championship in 2013.
“Phil’s energy and winning ways will surely elevate the MSJ baseball program, and we are excited to get started under his leadership,” stated St. Joe athletic director Kraig Loovis. “His level of experience,
understanding of our mission, and his relationships with our current players and alumni make him the right man for the job. I am confident that The Mount’s baseball program is in good hands.”
When asked about what to expect from him as a head coach, Phil stated, “I challenge all my players and expect all my players to give their full effort at all times… practice, games, everything. I want to breed a culture of encouraging your teammates, but also a culture of competition. You have to earn everything that you get, and there is worth to everything that we do.”