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John Koskinen
Position: Assistant Coach
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John Koskinen Profile
Release: 07/25/2012


John Koskinen is in his fourth season as the assistant women's golf coach for the University of Miami on Head Coach Patti Rizzo's staff. In his previous first seasons at Miami, Koskinen has played major roles in the recruitment of top athletes around the world, including Leticia Ras-Anderica of Spain and Rika Park of Japan. Both of who made the NCAA Central Regional in their first year under the guidance of Koskinen and head coach Rizzo. In 2012-13, Koskinen helped Rizzo guide the Hurricanes to their first NCAA Regional appearance in 2005, finishing 21st at the 2013 NCAA West Regional hosted by Stanford.

With coach Koskinen, the team also saw a rise in its ranking. Prior the start of the 2011-12 season, the Hurricanes were ranked 112th by Golfstat. By season's end, the team finished at No. 59, an increase of 53 spots.

The Baraga, Mich., native brings a wealth of playing experience to Coral Gables highlighted by two appearances in the U.S. Open in 2006 at Winged Foot, and 2007 at Oakmont. Koskinen also competed on the Hooters Tour summer and winter series finishing second on the 2006 winter series money list.

Koskinen graduated from Michigan State University in 2003, excelling on both the golf course and in the classroom. The kinesiology major was a two-time Academic All-American as well as a member of the All-Big Ten and All-Midwest Region first teams. He earned the status as the top member of the Spartans golf team for more than 18 months. Following graduation, Koskinen stayed in East Lansing to work with the Michigan State golf team as an assistant coach in 2003.

Koskinen is familiar with South Florida as he served as Patti Rizzo's assistant coach at Barry University in 2009.

John and his wife Jessica have one child, son Jentz.

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